IBM System Storage SAN32B-E4 Encryption Switch

Designed for highest performance and scalability for the most demanding enterprise SAN environments


The IBM® System Storage® SAN32B-E4 Encryption Switch is a high-performance stand-alone device designed for protecting data-at-rest in mission-critical environments. In addition to helping IT organisations achieve compliance with regulatory mandates and meeting industry standards for data confidentiality, the SAN32B-E4 Encryption Switch also protects them against potential litigation and liability following a reported breach.

Data is one of the most highly valued resources in a competitive business environment. Protecting that data, controlling access to it, and verifying its authenticity while maintaining its availability are priorities in our security-conscious world. Increasing regulatory requirements are also helping to drive the need for the adequate security of data. Encryption is a powerful and widely used technology that helps protect data from loss and inadvertent or deliberate compromise.

In the context of data centre fabric security, IBM provides advanced encryption services for Storage Area Networks (SANs) with the IBM System Storage SAN32B-E4 Encryption Switch. The switch is a high-speed, highly reliable hardware device that delivers fabric-based encryption services to protect data assets either selectively or on a comprehensive basis. The 8 Gbps SAN32B-E4 Fibre Channel Encryption Switch scales nondisruptively, providing from 48 up to 96 Gbps of encryption processing power to meet the needs of the most demanding environments with flexible, on-demand performance. It also provides compression services at speeds up to 48 Gbps for tape storage systems. Moreover, it is tightly integrated with one of the industry-leading, enterprise-class key management systems, the IBM Tivoli Key Lifecycle Manager (TKLM), which can scale to support key life-cycle services across distributed environments.

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