Embrace, Extend, and… Enclave? Microsoft guards Kubernetes' privates with TEEs

www.theregister.co.uk | 11/22/2019 | Staff
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Kubecon 2019 Microsoft had a quiet Kubecon, with technology such as Azure Arc conspicuous by its absence as the company continued its efforts to be a good open source citizen.

Having built up a head of steam at its Ignite event with Arc, Gabe Monroy (director for Microsoft's Azure Application Platform) told The Register, "We'd rather focus our time here, you know, on other areas, but also importantly on community stuff," adding: "Promoting individual proprietary projects is not a thing that I'm super keen on doing at this event."

Sarah - Novotny - Open - Source - Wonk

Indeed, Sarah Novotny, recently appointed "Open Source Wonk" for the Azure Office, remarked that having managed to avoid the Beast of Redmond for the last 20 years before signing up in May, she'd found the "know it all culture" that had previously pervaded the company had been replaced by what she described as "humbleness" as the Windows giant sought to build bridges with developers.

Of course, that didn't stop Lachlan Evenson, principal program manager for Azure, bounding up on stage to the strains of Men at Work's "Down Under" (no, we don't know why tech conferences feel the need for five-second jingle for every... single speaker) and asking the audience for a cheer as he unveiled this week's major Microsoft contribution to the Kubernetes project: Confidential Computing.

Computing - Initiative - Data - Rest - Flight

The confidential computing initiative is all about keeping data private, not just at rest or in flight, but also while in memory during processing. With not a jot of irony, Intel is also involved via Chipzilla's Software Guard Extensions (SGX) hardware.

The theory is that data isolation during processing should happen within the hardware itself, in Trusted Execution Environments (TEEs) or "enclaves".

Linux - Foundation - Windows - Giant - Others

The Linux Foundation had already signed up Windows giant (among others) to its Confidential Computing Consortium back in August, with Microsoft contributing the Open Enclave SDK. That SDK...
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