Cipher RAID Tower, AES-256-bit encryption (CRT1035P2ES)

This Cipher RAID Tower supports connecting as many as ten 3.5" hard drives to system via two eSATA cables. The ten drives can be configured to appear as ten individuals to any system or as two RAID groups and all secured with two CipherChain to provide bullet proof AES 256-bit full disk hardware encryption. Other than the insertion of the two encryption keys during the initial power up, the Cipher RAID Tower operates and performs just the same as an ordinary RAID system.

The Cipher RAID Tower comes with everything you need other than the hard drive. Designed for easy addition and removal of hard drives, you can add your choice of hard drive in any capacity. The data written to each drive or the RAID set will all be encrypted on the fly, securing all your data from unauthorized access should any drive in the RAID system is stolen. The The Cipher RAID Tower can be used with any computing platform and is totally independent of any Operating System. The Cipher RAID Tower can also connected to the new Superspeed USB 3.0 port with an optional USB 3.0 - eSATA adapterBy 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, this  costs less than the DLE approach and simplify the encryption with just two cipher keys for all ten drives. This RAID Tower supports maxium throughput of 150 MB/sec. with full disk encryption.

Below is a summary of the PROs and CONs for the DLE and RVE RAID encryptions 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
Cost higher lower
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
    • Install up to ten 3.5" SATA hard drives of any capacity (drives not included)
    • Connect to system via two eSATA port of a Port Multiplier compatible controller
    • RAID Volume Encryption (RVE), one cipher key per RAID volume
    • AES 256-bit hardware encryption
    • One cipher key per five drives or a RAID set
    • Up to 5 drives per RAID set
    • Drives are installed onto drive trays that can be added or removed like tape cartridge from each drive bay
    • Supports individual drive mode or software RAID
    • Require Port Multiplier (PM) compatible SATA controller
    • Convert to a secured NAS by attaching to the LAN using Addonics NAS 4.0 adapter
    • OS independent, can be used on any system.
    • RAID diagnostic via LED lights.

Check Addonics host controller page for choices of PM compatible controller

Components list made up this model:
Storage Tower IX (STIX), two 5x1 Port Multiplier (AD5SAPM), two Disk Array 5SA (AE5RCS35NSA), two CipherChain kit for external enclosures (CCMS1-ES), two pairs of AES 256-bit Cipher keys (AAENKEY256-2), two 3 feet eSATA cable (AAESATA100C)

Note: As a standard set up, the two pairs of cipher keys come in different key code. You may request to code them differently by leaving us a note in the instruction box at the final check out on our online store

  • Maximum # of drives installable-
    • ten 3.5" SATA hard drives or
    • ten 2.5" SATA HDD/SSD using optional 2.5" - 3.5" drive adapter
  • Connecting to system via two Port Multipliers compatible eSATA port
  • Encryption 
    • Encryption level - AES 256-bit
    • Architecture - RVE- one crypto engine per RAID volume
  • Supported type of RAID depends on RAID function of the controller
  • Integrated Port Multiplier model (AD5SAPM) two units
  • Supports type of RAID depends on RAID function of the controller
  • Supports JBOD (individual drive) mode when connects to PM compatible eSATA port
  • RAID set up via software
  • RAID monitor via LED lights
  • Drives are installed into revomable drive enclosures
  • Hot swap support
  • Supported OS depends on the controller



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AA4RCSDR Drive drawer (black color) for Disk Array 4SA. For installing 3.5" Serial ATA hard drive.
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AAENKEY256 (1 AES 256-bit Cipher key)
Content: 1 piece of AES-256-bit encryption key
Price: 9.00
AAENKEY256-2 (A pair of AES 256-bit Cipher keys)
AAENKEY256-2 A pair of AES 256-bit encryption keys
Price: 17.00
AACSYSU2 (Cipher key management system)
AACSYSU2 Addonics Cipher key duplication and management system. Use as stand alone key duplicator or for generating key codes for the Cipher key.
Price: 699.00
NAS40ESU (NAS 4.0 adapter)
Package content: NAS 4.0 unit, 5V 110/240V AC adapter, 6" CAT5e cable, User guide
Price: 89.00