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Confidential Computing Is a Game Changer for the Cloud

A challenge for any organization, especially those moving SAP workloads to the cloud, is to protect data at every stage: at rest, in transit and, perhaps most importantly, during processing.
Alan Clarke, Suse
May 29, 2024
This text has been automatically translated from German to English.

Confidential computing is the solution: data breaches cost companies millions of dollars every year and expose huge amounts of private data. This has become an unwelcome fact of business life, especially since cloud computing has radically changed the way organizations deliver digital services and technology landscapes have become increasingly complex. 

No organization can afford to have its workloads and data compromised, especially in highly regulated sectors such as healthcare, financial services, public sector and telecommunications. With many employees working remotely and global cybersecurity regulators tightening standards for data security and operations, organizations - especially those using SAP - need to ensure the integrity of their data, the confidentiality of their data and the integrity of their code from the underlying Linux operating system to the technology stack.

Confidential computing is an efficient approach to security. Confidential computing is a state-of-the-art method for improving security and data protection. Suse Linux supports confidential computing with SAP systems and uses encryption to protect data at every stage of its transmission - at rest, in transit and, most importantly, in use.

This is particularly important for sectors in which data is not only sensitive, but the disclosure of which can also have significant legal and reputational consequences: -Healthcare: Protecting patient data while supporting cross-platform data sharing; Financial services: Protecting financial transactions and customer data while reducing the risk of fraud and regulatory breaches; public sector: protecting sensitive citizen and government data from cyberthreats while maintaining transparency and accessibility; and telecommunications: securing customer data and maintaining service integrity in an industry affected by cyberattacks.

For organizations in any industry, especially in highly regulated sectors, adopting Suse's confidential computing approach to their SAP environments means real security and other operational benefits: enhanced data protection, data remains encrypted during processing, significantly reducing the risk of exposure even in the event of a security breach; regulatory compliance, remote attestation mechanisms provide auditable proof of data integrity and confidentiality to meet compliance standards with ease; and flexibility and innovation, organizations can leverage the latest cloud technologies, AI and machine learning, which is critical for SAP environments that require dynamic scalability and performance optimization.

As the digital landscape becomes increasingly complex, the need for robust security measures becomes ever more apparent. For companies bound by strict regulations, this is not just about protecting data, but also about complying with legal requirements and creating opportunities for innovative cloud solutions.

Suse Confidential Computing is not just a security feature, but a strategic advantage that enables SAP environments to thrive in today's digital ecosystem. Whether it's improving data protection, ensuring regulatory compliance or driving innovation. Suse provides the tools and expertise to secure the digital transformation.

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Alan Clarke, Suse

SAP Ecosystem Lead

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June 5 and 6, 2024

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28 and 29 February 2024


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