Controller-based encryption chip secures enterprise storage -

Controller-based encryption chip secures enterprise storage

Santa Clara, Calif.—PMC-Sierra Inc. announced a family of Tachyon storage protocol controllers featuring its StorClad encryption technology platform that is designed to improve system performance, cost and manageability.

PMC-Sierra's protocol controllers with integrated data encryption include the PM8031 QE8e+ for Fibre Channel and PM8002 SPCe 8x6G for SAS/SATA. PMC-Sierra's StorClad controllers are capable of delivering 400,000 IOPS performance per channel at a fraction of the cost of today's encryption appliances.

PMC-Sierra's controllers with StorClad technology can be deployed into existing storage system infrastructures, preserving years of IT investment by eliminating the need for new and expensive disk-drive technology or external security appliances. The StorClad architecture supports the IEEE 1619.3 Key Management standard, is compatible withKey Management Servers (KMS) and works seamlessly with key management technologies from partners, such as RSA, to manage the keys and encrypt/decrypt the data through an advanced key management interface.

PMC-Sierra's StorClad storage architecture includes Tachyon controller-based encryption, protocol controller software and an advanced key management and programming interface, supported through PMC-Sierra's Tachyon Software Development Kit (TSDK). The StorClad encryption architecture is scalable to thousands of HDDs and enables the flexibility to encrypt at the Logical Unit Number (LUN), Application or I/O level. It supports multiple servers and encryption zones, and greater than one million keys in a single controller.

StorClad encryption and data security features include Multiple IEEE 1619 compliant XTS-AES encryption engines; FIPS/NIST certified ECB-AES encryption mode; NIST recommended AES Key Wrap engines for each port; data parity protection across cryptographic boundaries; Internal Data Encryption Key (DEK) cache; 256-bit encryption keys; write-only encryption key registers; support for 520 block sizes; external Key Management Interface and API; and I/O protocol independent APIs.

Availability: Now to select partners.
Datasheets: PM8002 and PM8031.


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