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StorMagic Adds Affordable Data Encryption for Edge Computing Environments

StorMagic, simplifying storage at the edge, today introduced StorMagic SvSAN with Data Encryption, the most cost-effective encryption solution for storing data in edge computing environments. The software-based solution uses military-grade encryption algorithms that eliminates the need for operating system or hypervisor-level encryption without requiring expensive, self-encrypting disk drives. End users obtain a simple and inexpensive way to protect sensitive data at the edge, where servers aren't typically located in secure data centres.

According to Gartner, "through 2020, driven by the increasing risk of a data breach, more than 50 percent of enterprises will purchase enterprise-wide encryption products, which is a significant increase from fewer than 20 percent today." * With the increase of data creation outside of traditional data centres, extending encryption to the edge is a proactive approach to mitigate risks.

"Fornetix chose to partner with StorMagic due to the company's established position in the exciting hyperconverged space and SvSAN's simplicity and feature set," said Chuck White, CTO, Fornetix, a leading key management solution provider. "End users have been asking to encrypt data in the storage layer and they now will be able to easily and affordably do this using SvSAN with Data Encryption and Fornetix Key Orchestration's advanced key management capabilities."

"The partnership between StorMagic and HyTrust exemplifies our joint commitment to delivering exceptional data protection and security to customers," said David Siles, VP of business development at HyTrust. "SvSAN with Data Encryption coupled with HyTrust KeyControl key management is a complete encryption solution that is built on industry standards, and gives edge computing customers an easy way to add data security, at an affordable price point."

Key benefits of SvSAN with Data Encryption include:

  • Simple to use - 100% software approach that encrypts data before writing to disk. Data destruction or degaussing no longer needed prior to discarding failed disk drives.
  • Cost-effective - Eliminates the need for operating system or hypervisor-level encryption. No special self-encrypting disk drives, RAID cards or hardware acceleration cards required.
  • Flexible - Customers can choose any KMIP-compliant key manager, choose to encrypt all or only selected volumes of data, and have rich features like secure erase, rekey and Predictive Storage Caching, typically found only in datacenter class encryption solutions.
  • Highly secure - Meets the most strenuous security requirements demanded by vertical industries such as healthcare, government, finance and others. SvSAN Data Encryption is FIPS 104-2 compliant through OpenSSL XTS-AES-256 bit encryption and meets HIPAA, PCI DSS, SOX and EU GDPR compliance requirements. All data is encrypted on the drives and in-flight between storage caching tiers and high availability clustered servers.

"SvSAN with Data Encryption slashes the costs of encryption at the edge and enables the highest security available for hyperconverged environments," said Hans O'Sullivan, CEO, StorMagic. "Many enterprise data centres have deployed data encryption but it has been cost-prohibitive at the edge until now."

SvSAN with Data Encryption uses standard, open source encryption (OpenSSL) libraries to ensure maximum performance and the latest encryption methods available. The integrated XTS-AES-256 encryption cipher is FIPS 104-2 compliant and meets military-grade security requirements for sensitive environments. The integrated Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP 1.x) standard means that SvSAN with Data Encryption integrates seamlessly with any key management server (KMS) that adheres to this standard.

Pricing and availability
SvSAN with Data Encryption will begin shipping in May. Data Encryption is available in SvSAN Advanced Edition, which includes Predictive Storage Caching. Pricing for Advanced Edition starts at $3,720. There is also a limited time promotion to receive Advanced Edition with no software licensing fees.

Published Wednesday, April 04, 2018 10:07 AM by David Marshall
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