Hardly a week goes by without a new headline disclosing the exposure of sensitive personal or consumer financial data by the institutions that are trusted to protect it. It’s a global narrative fueled by a talent pool of hackers and other data breach opportunists whose skills are often on par with the best IT security architects charged with creating new defense strategies to protect against them.
In data centers and cloud computing environments, security is a moving target as infrastructure and strategic initiatives are continuously upgraded and updated to best safeguard customer information, private company documentation and communications, financial records, payroll accounts, and other forms of confidential data.
The Need for Data-at-Rest Encryption
Data at rest is a phrase used to describe a considerable amount of the information that is not only vulnerable to security breaches, but valuable to those who desire it for fraudulent use, criminal activities and other nefarious purposes. It is valuable and vulnerable since it rarely changes. This inactive information could be compromised and customers and companies might not realize this for a significant period of time. Bank account details, personal identification data, archival info, reference files and other numerical information needs to be protected wherever it resides and its security is increasingly mandated by law.
Data at rest on drive media is vulnerable to compromise when appropriate safeguards are not observed. By encrypting data-at-rest, a data center can ensure that unauthorized parties will not be able to read the data when drives are removed (either intentionally or unintentionally). But software encryption comes at the expense of valuable CPU resources. Self-encrypting drives offer a high-performance hardware-based solution but require significant operational overhead and do not provide the security and flexibility of controller-based encryption.
Data center managers face the challenge of safeguarding data while still meeting continually-increasing performance demands for large-scale applications such as web serving, file serving, database operations, online transaction processing (OLTP), machine learning, and high-performance computing (HPC). Bottom line: New security regulations and implementations cannot affect performance.
Earlier this year, Microsemi announced the industry’s first readily available RAID adapter with controller-based encryption. The Microsemi Adaptec SmartRAID 3162-8i /e with maxCrypto™ brings controller based encryption for data at rest to the mass market. It provides protection for stored data in a RAID volume on all attached drive types (SAS/SATA, HDD or SSD) to meet growing security requirements. In addition, the on-adapter supercap provides a single PCIe slot, space efficient solution providing protection for volatile cache data, through power loss and server reset.
Now available, Microsemi Adaptec’s maxCrypto hardware-based encryption solution on the SmartRAID 3162-8i/e delivers the highest levels of data protection with minimal impact on latency. It integrates seamlessly into existing storage infrastructures and allows data centers to deploy a uniform, scalable encryption strategy across the entire data center.
SmartRAID 3162-8i /e features include:
• Minimal impact to host resources
• Minimal impact to system performance
• Flexible, user-friendly implementation
• A wide range of implementation options
• Cost-effective local key management
• Currently the only first general market solution for data-at-rest protection
To learn more about the HBA 1100 series, please visit us at www.microsemi.com/smartstorage, connect with me on LinkedIn, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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