This Cipher RAID Tower is a great solution for application that requires attaching multiple drives or a large capacity RAID volume to any system with reliable full disk encryption. Up to as many as five 3.5" hard drive can be connected to a system via a single cable to eSATA port or USB 3.0 / 2.0 port.. This Cipher RAID Towers is designed with bullet proof AES 256-bit full disk hardware encryption at less than half of the price of similar products in the market. Not only the data is highly secured by the strong AES 256-bit encryption, the Cipher RAID Tower is simple to use and easy to deploy. There is no software to install or special training required. The FIPS certified hardware crypto engine integrated inside the Cipher RAID Tower ensures the maximum performance of the hard drive. Other than the insertion of a cipher key during the initial power up, the Cipher RAID Tower operates and performs just the same as an ordinary RAID system. By using the Addonics NAS 4.0 adapter, this Cipher RAID Tower can be added onto any local area network as a secured Network Attached Storage device.
The Cipher RAID Tower comes with everything you need other than adding your choice of hard drive in any capacity. Drives are added and removed from the Cipher RAID Tower like tape cassette without the need of special drive tray or tool. By attaching to the Addonics NAS 4.0 adapter, this cipher tower can be instantly turned into a secured NAS on any local area network.
Designed with RAID Volume Encryption (RVE) architecture which costs less than the DLE (Drive Level Encryption) approach and is simpler to operate with only one encryption key to secure all the drives or the entire RAID volume. This Cipher RAID Tower supports maximum throughput up to 150 MB/sec.with full disk encryption
RVE encryption architecture illustration
Below is a summary of the PROs and CONs for DLE and RVE RAID encryption architectures:
|Encryption Architecture||one crypto engine per drive||one crypto engine per RAID set|
|Performance||maximum 300 MB/sec depending on the speed of the SATA port||Maximum 150 MB/sec|
|Operation||requires multiple Cipher keys depending on the # of drives in the RAID set||one Cipher key to activate the Cipher RAID Tower|
|level of security||AES 256-bit full disk encryption, each drive can be encrypted with different cipher key code||AES 256-bit full disk encryption. Each drive uses the same Cipher key code|
|recommended applications||Video editing, high performance computing that require sustained throughput over 150 MB/sec||General office server application, file back up, database, web server, email server, video server and others|
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Components list made up this model:
Storage Tower (STMPC-B with SCSI-I back panel), HPM-XA (AD5HPMSXA), 1 Snap-In Disk Array 5SA (AESN5DA35), CipherChain kit mounted on floppy bay (CC35MK1), 1 pair of AES 256-bit Cipher keys (AAENKEY256-2), 3 feet eSATA cable (AAESATA100C), USB 3.0 - eSATA adapter (ADU3ESA)