HSM Virtualization

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HSM Virtualization is a capability that allows a single physical HSM to function as multiple virtual HSMs. Each virtual device operates as a completely separate HSM with its own set of customizable parameters. HSM Virtualization represents one of the best ways for organizations to get the biggest bang for their buck from Futurex HSMs.

What is HSM Virtualization? 

HSM Virtualization is a process by which a single HSM is partitioned into logically separated environments, each functioning as a completely independent HSM. The feature, available for the  Vectera Series and Excrypt SSP Enterprise v.2 hardware security modules, serves various purposes. These include zero-downtime deployment of firmware updates, assignment of stronger security policies for mission-critical applications, proof-of-concept testing for new use cases, and a multitude of other scenarios.

When it comes to accessing their virtual HSMs, users have options. Some may choose to use the web portal or API connected to the host HSM. Others with larger cryptographic infrastructures may lean toward using the  Guardian9000 centralized management platform or the Securus remote access tablet, both of which allow administrators to remotely manage their virtual HSMs in the same manner they would a physical HSM. Furthermore, VirtuCrypt customers also have the option of accessing their virtual HSMs through the VirtuCrypt Intelligence Portal (VIP) Dashboard. 

Virtual Customization

Inside each individual Virtual HSM, a variety of settings and parameters can be customized, all the while remaining independent from the other virtual HSMs on the device. Some examples of the different customizations options are:

  • Firmware versions
  • Major keys
  • Key and log storage space
  • Processing power and application priority levels
  • Secure Code Environment custom applications and command extensions
  • IP addresses and network settings
  • Configuration parameters
  • User permissions and security settings

Infographic showing the virtualization of 3 or more virtual HSMs and the custom parameters of each

The Benefits of HSM Virtualization

The ability to turn a single HSM into many gives customers the potential for high return of investment on a single HSM. In terms of maintenance, HSM Virtualization allows administrators to reap the production benefits of multiple HSMs, while only dealing with the physical upkeep of a single device. If you're curious about how HSM Virtualization can work in your cryptographic infrastructure, please contact on our solutions architects today.

Find Out How HSM Virtualization can Work for You

If you are curious about how HSM Virtualization can work for you and your organization, our team is ready to help. Reach out to one of our  Solutions Architects to get the answers you need.