Aggregion Now Connected to G-Core Labs’ Public Cloud Platform

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Aggregion, a company that develops solutions for collaborative work with data and the creation of partner ecosystems, is now connected to the G-Core Labs cloud. This cloud is located in jurisdictions important for Aggregion and supports Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX) for secured work. Intel SGX was integrated into the G-Core Labs cloud thanks to software from Scontain.

Powered by Intel SGX, companies already using G-Core Labs’ virtual machines and bare metal servers can significantly enhance data security by using this new hardware for cloud platforms created by the Intel corporation.

Software solutions provided by Aggregion let various companies including retailers, telecom operators, banks, insurance companies, IT corporations, and marketing agencies commence “secure and efficient” collaborative projects with massive amounts of anonymized data related to purchases and audience characteristics. Due to the attained synergetic effect, partners who cooperate on the Aggregion platform, such as banks and retailers, can optimize cross-channel advertising campaigns. It also enables them to promote each other’s products and services to target audiences, manage customer loyalty and create various partner programs.

Food Retailers, Media Outlets

For example, Magnit, a big Eastern European food retailer, and some major media outlets collaborated with Aggregion to create an open platform for managing digital marketing. This solution can help create a detailed client “portrait” to carefully target digital ads and measure their effectiveness based on client behavior.

“Interest in Aggregion’s solutions has increased,” said Nukri Basharuli, CEO of Aggregion. “A number of current and potential customers have requested the physical placement of the cloud in specific jurisdictions where Aggregion services operate. G-Core Labs works in all key regions including the USA, European Union and CIS. Moreover, our clients need to be able to quickly deploy and scale a solution, as well as support secure data processing technologies, which is why we’ve chosen this company as our cloud partner.”

G-Core Labs’ virtual machines and bare metal servers supporting Intel SGX are available to users in any region where the company’s public cloud works, including Moscow, Luxembourg, Ashburn, and other cities.

“We’re happy to be Aggregion’s partners and we understand the requirements for protecting the sensitive data of our partner’s clients in finance, retail, telecom, media and other industries,” said Vsevolod Vayner, head of cloud platforms, G-Core Labs. “That is exactly why we now support the Intel SGX encryption standard. This solution provides hardware-based memory encryption. It creates so-called enclaves to isolate code and app data that requires protection. No one can enter an enclave without the owner’s permission, even by using the processes and software that function on the more privileged levels, including operating systems and hypervisors.”

Intel SGX in the G-Core Labs

Vsevolod Vayner
“That is exactly why we now support the Intel SGX encryption standard,” said Vsevolod Vayner, head of cloud platforms, G-Core Labs.

“The launch of Intel SGX in the G-Core Labs cloud is great news for companies from various industries and organizations who work with sensitive data and valuable code,” added Mr. Vayner. “We’re talking primarily about the financial services industry, medicine, healthcare and retail. Developers working on video games and various media projects will also be able to appreciate the advantages of this technology. Intel SGX provides consistency and confidentiality of computation with extra security requirements that take place on the systems where privileged processes are considered unreliable. Neither the cloud service provider, nor anyone else from the outside, can get to the encrypted area and gain access to the data stored there. Even if, let’s say, the servers were hacked.”

Intel SGX was integrated into the G-Core Labs cloud thanks to G-Core’s partnership with Scontain.

“The SCONE solution helps companies and organizations across the world launch apps in SGX enclaves. We’re happy about the cooperation with G-Core Labs,” said Christof Fetzer, co-founder and COO of Scontain. Our platform allows programs to be executed in protected areas so that even intruders with root access can’t steal your confidential data. When you use SCONE solutions, there’s no need to change the apps’ source code: just a recompilation is enough. Many of the apps don’t even require recompilation.”