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Cybersecurity Excellence Awards_Two Servers - Hyperconverged - with Data Encryption
  • Company (that provides the nominated product / solution / service): StorMagic
  • Website: http://www.stormagic.com
  • Company size (employees): 50 to 99
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Type of solution: Software
  • Approximate number of users worldwide: StorMagic SvSAN is being used by over 1,000 end user customers around the world.

What other awards did this nomination receive in the previous 12 months?

None; this is the first nomination for StorMagic SvSAN with Data Encryption.

In 3 bullets, summarize why this product or service is different from the competition and deserves recognition:

-Cost-effective - SvSAN with Data Encryption eliminates the need for operating system or hypervisor-level encryption. No special self-encrypting disk drives, RAID cards or hardware acceleration cards are required. The costs associated with data destruction or degaussing are no longer needed prior to discarding failed disk drives. The 100 percent software-based approach encrypts data before writing to disk, and is 85 percent less expensive than competing data at rest encryption solutions.

-Incredibly 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 140-2 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.

Description

Gartner states, “through 2020, driven by the increasing risk of a data breach, more than 50% of enterprises will purchase enterprise-wide encryption products, which is a significant increase from fewer than 20% today.” The increase of data creation outside of traditional datacenters makes edge-based encryption a proactive approach to mitigate risks and loss.

StorMagic SvSAN with Data Encryption is the most cost-effective encryption solution for storing data in edge computing environments. The software-based solution uses military-grade encryption algorithms that eliminate the need for operating system or hypervisor-level encryption without requiring expensive, self-encrypting disk drives (SEDs). End users obtain a simple, inexpensive way to protect sensitive data at the edge, where servers aren’t typically located in secure datacenters. SvSAN integrates seamlessly with any key management server (KMS) through the use of the industry standard protocol, KMIP. It’s a simple way to protect sensitive data at the edge – just turn on the encryption feature and connect to any existing key manager.

There are other ways to encrypt data at higher levels in the software stack (application, database, and email encryption; website) but these require significant effort and add complexity, as each application, filesystem or hypervisor has different methods to perform encryption, all which need to be configured and managed differently. Organizations will likely employ many layers of data security, but encrypting at the storage level is simple, cost effective and adds an important layer of security.

StorMagic’s SvSAN uses a FIPS 140-2 compliant algorithm and meets the major compliance regulations without requiring expensive SEDs. Using SEDs can remove some complexity, but requires special, expensive, hard-to-procure disk drives. This adds significant cost to the solution and creates another complication for IT staffs.

Straightforward to use and versatile, SvSAN is significantly less expensive than comparable solutions, by as much as 85 percent.

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