Azure Disk Encryption (ADE) vs Storage Service Encryption (SSE)

When talking about VM data encryption a lot of customers start looking at Azure Disk Encryption (ADE) and Storage Service Encryption (SSE).  These two offerings are similar, but unique.  Whether you stick with SSE (always enabled) or add ADE on top is up to you – really it depends on your security needs and design.

Below is my quick breakdown of the pros and cons to help you decide what is the best design for your organization.

SSE (default)

ADE

and thanks for Eric Marks for raising this question!

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