Microsoft launches Azure Dedicated HSM availability
The Microsoft Azure Dedicated Hardware Security Module (HSM) service provides cryptographic key storage in Azure and meets the most stringent customer security and compliance requirements. This service is the ideal solution for customers requiring FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated devices with complete and exclusive control of the HSM appliance.
Microsoft decided to deliver this as a dedicated HSM service using the Luna Network HSM 7 device that Gemalto acquired when they bought SafeNet.
I'm a big fan of the Azure Key Vault service, and it works great for me for a software-based cloud HSM. I can't deny though that a dedicated piece of hardware managed by Microsoft is an interesting alternative if we ever have such needs.
For more information on the launch of this new service, check out the announcement.