Townsend Security Announces PCI-DSS Validated Encryption and Key Management for IBM SoftLayer VMware Platforms

Share Article

Using the same FIPS 140-2 compliant technology found in Townsend Security’s HSM, Alliance Key Manager can now be deployed in IBM SoftLayer to help businesses meet compliance requirements and manage risk of a data breach.

Customers want to experience regulatory compliance out-of-the-box. We take the PCI-DSS encryption compliance issues off of the table.

Today Townsend Security announced support for the IBM SoftLayer VMware initiative. Townsend Security’s Alliance Key Manager is a PCI-DSS validated encryption and key management solution for VMware platforms including vSphere and vCloud. IBM’s new partnership with VMware provides a clear cloud migration path for VMware customers and retains all of the core VMware applications and functionality. VMware customers can move their applications and infrastructure from in-house IT data centers to the IBM SoftLayer cloud and use the exact same VMware solutions to manage their applications and data.

Working with VMware and Coalfire in 2015, Townsend Security’s Alliance Key Manager achieved compliance with PCI-DSS when implemented on a standard VMware reference architecture. Support for the PCI-DSS standard has smoothed the path to compliance for VMware customers. The Product Applicability Guide for PCI-DSS compliance is available here.

“Customers want to experience regulatory compliance out-of-the-box. They don’t want to have to engage in lengthy audits and security validations in order to deploy applications to the cloud. PCI-DSS is one of those key indicator regulations and our work to provide proven regulatory compliance is been a great benefit to our VMware customers,” said Patrick Townsend, CEO of Townsend Security. “We take the PCI-DSS encryption compliance issues off of the table and this really helps our customers. With this announcement we are extending formal support for our solutions to the IBM SoftLayer cloud. We think IBM SoftLayer cloud customers will really benefit.”

IBM’s partnership with VMware provides a very easy migration path to the cloud. Because customers can retain all of their current VMware management, security, and monitoring tools in the IBM SoftLayer cloud, the migration is much less difficult. However, customers discover cloud migrations can be painful when third party solution providers fail to extend support to cloud platforms. With the announcement today, Townsend Security is removing that concern for customers who are migrating to SoftLayer. Existing customers can migrate their configurations to the SoftLayer cloud, and new customers can deploy PCI validated solutions.

“This is an exciting opportunity for IBM Softlayer users to expand their tool set. Data security continues to be on the top concerns of companies deploying their datacenters in the cloud, and now they can leverage an encryption key manager validated to meet PCI DSS in SoftLayer,” said Liz Townsend, Director of Business Development at Townsend Security. “If SoftLayer users want out-of-the-box compliance, this is it!”

Download the complete Coalfire Product Applicability Guide with detailed PCI DSS guidance for Alliance Key Manager for VMware now.


About Alliance Key Manager for VMware
Alliance Key Manager for VMware is deployed as a VMware virtual machine in both physical and cloud environments. Using the same FIPS 140-2 compliant key management technology available in Townsend Security's HSM and in use by over 3,000 customers worldwide, Alliance Key Manager for VMware provides full life-cycle management of encryption keys for a wide variety of applications to help organizations meet PCI DSS, HIPAA, and PII compliance at an affordable price.

About Townsend Security
Townsend Security creates data privacy solutions that help organizations meet evolving compliance requirements and mitigate the risk of data breaches and cyber-attacks. Companies worldwide trust Townsend Security's NIST and FIPS 140-2 compliant solutions to meet the encryption and key management requirements in PCI DSS, HIPAA/HITECH, FISMA, GLBA/FFIEC, SOX, and other regulatory compliance requirements. Learn more at

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Luke Probasco
Follow >
Townsend Security
Like >
Follow us on
Visit website