Have you ever wondered how leading businesses protect their sensitive data in the cloud? Does your business need to meet compliance requirements by using encryption solutions? Are you interested or curious about encryption and cloud technology in general? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, join your fellow cloud and security enthusiasts at the the CenturyLink User Group technical meet up on Wednesday, August 31st for food, drinks, and hands on, technical exercises to practice encrypting your data in the cloud!

CenturyLink and Server General have partnered together for this free, hands-on, technical CloudWalk event. For those of you unfamiliar with this concept, CloudWalks are technical events where people can get together to experience technology in a firsthand learning environment. At the Cloudwalk, technical experts guide everyone, technical and non-technical alike, in a group development session. You can read this recap of our Dynatrace CloudWalk to gain more insight into this unique concept that inspires education, collaboration, and partnerships throughout the technology community.

Server General Overview

Server General allows customers to quickly and easily encrypt a cloud database or file server using key management. Using this service, installing, configuring, and encrypting a database can take as little as 30 minutes. The service works with most database servers like MongoDB, CouchDB, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Apache or Samba, including ones that store sensitive and regulated information.

Highlights of Server General Technology

Quick Turn Up

Compliance and data is a big issue that can slow down a company's ability to easily provide quality encryption in a timely manner. Technically speaking, there are location issues, server requirement issues, etc, that can hinder fast encryption. Server General takes that out of the equation by providing an easy way to encrypt data at compliance levels so customers can focus on other parts of the business.


Their service will help you to achieve HIPAA/HITECH compliance while ensuring that your sensitive medical information is safe. Whether you need to encrypt medical files within your own network or on a public cloud, Server General provides the tools to encrypt it all quickly and securely.


24/7 monitoring and data at-rest encryption ensures that Server General's high standards for encryption are not taken lightly. Databases and file servers are safe and secure at any time of the day.

Secure Keys

Data in-place encryption means you don't have to move your data in order to encrypt it. Secure encryption keys are managed by Server General to make the process as easy, fast, and painless as possible.

No matter where your server is located, The Server General Data Encryption Service is here to ensure that a high level of security and safety keeps your data safe, no matter where the server is located.

What Business Problems Does This Solve?

Moving sensitive or regulated data to the cloud opens questions from security and compliance teams about data access, audits, and control. Encrypting data in the cloud enables your IT team to:

• Set data access policies

• Audit all file access

• Prove control through encryption and key management

At this event we will demonstrate important practices crucial to security and compliance teams that aid in protecting intellectual property, personally identifiable information (PII), electronic protected health information (ePHI), card holder data (PCI DSS) and other sensitive data.

What Will I Practice at This Event?

Bring your laptop to learn and practice:

• How to deploy workloads to the public cloud through automation.

• How to protect data within 30 minutes

• Data protection options, principles, and best practices for role-based access and secure databases.

At the end of this event you will have a better understanding of how cloud security tools can be applied to multi-tenant models in the public cloud in order to mitigate security risks.

CloudWalk Agenda and Lesson Plan

4:30pm - 5:00pm - Arrive, Food, Drinks and Conversation

5:00pm - 5:45pm - CenturyLink Cloud Platform overview with hands-on Exercises: Create an environment and deploy applications through automation inside CenturyLink Cloud.

5:45pm - 6:30pm - Server General overview with hands-on Exercises: Encrypt sensitive data in the Cloud.

6:30pm - 7:00pm - Q&A, Networking, & Raffle.



Bob Stolzberg, Principal Engineer @ CenturyLink - Bob is a local Principal Engineer on the Cloud Platform Enablement Team. In this role, Bob works with CenturyLink's Ecosystem Partners to integrate their technology with the CenturyLink Cloud Marketplace and evangelize the technology with the community. Bob has served as a subject matter expert in the areas of cloud technology and DRBC for the past several years and has more than 17 years of engineering experience in the IT industry.


Check out our CenturyLink St. Louis Users Group Meetup page to register for this and other cool events.

Feel free to bring friends and share this event through social media; just make sure to have them register and mention they should bring a laptop to participate.


Please contact the CenturyLink Ecosystem team with any questions, or message us through our MeetUp page.

We look forward to seeing you!