The Brocade FS8-18 Encryption Blade is a 16-port 8 Gbps blade for the Brocade DCX Backbone family that provides up to 96 Gbps of disk encryption processing power and up to 48 Gbps of compression processing power for tapes, and is FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated. A high-speed, highly reliable hardware device, the Brocade FS8-18 delivers fabric-based encryption services that allow organizations to secure their data to meet regulatory and internal compliance requirements.
A High-Performance Encryption Blade for the Brocade DCX Backbone Family
Managing operational risk by protecting valuable digital assets has become increasingly critical in today's enterprise IT environments. In addition to achieving compliance with regulatory mandates and meeting industry standards for data confidentiality, IT organizations must also protect against potential litigation and liability following a reported breach.
In the context of data center fabric security, Brocade provides advanced fabric services for Storage Area Networks (SANs) with the Brocade FS8-18 Encryption Blade for use in the Brocade DCX 8510 and Brocade DCX. The blade is a high-speed, highly reliable hardware device that delivers fabric-based encryption services to secure data assets either selectively or on a comprehensive basis.
The Brocade FS8-18 scales non-disruptively, providing 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 industry-leading, enterprise-class key management systems that can scale to support key lifecycle services across distributed environments.
High-performance, scalable fabric-based encryption enforces data confidentiality and privacy requirements
Unparalleled encryption processing at up to 96 Gbps using industry-standard AES-256 encryption algorithms
Choice of industry-leading key management solutions that help reduce operational costs and simplify management
A single, centralized security platform for both disk and tape SAN environments supporting heterogeneous enterprise data centers
Plug-in encryption and compression services available to all host servers, including Virtual Machines (VMs), attached to data center fabrics
Scalable performance with on-demand encryption and compression processing power meets regulatory mandates for securing data
Fibre Channel ports:
16 ports, universal (F/FL/E/EX/M)
Two redundant 1000BaseT Ethernet ports for clustering and I/O synchronization during rekeying operation
Master key recovery, quorum authorization, and system recovery operations
Compression for tape:
Hardware-based data compression prior to encryption
IEEE 1619 standard-based mode (disk and tape)
DataFort-compatible mode (disk and tape)
Online or offline conversion of data from cleartext to ciphertext; manual or automated rekeying sessions
Up to 256 target devices and initiators per encryption engine
Fibre Channel performance:
1.063 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 2.125 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 4.25 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 8.5 Gbps line speed, full duplex; auto-sensing of 1, 2, 4, and 8 Gbps port speeds; optionally programmable to fixed port speed; speed matching between 1, 2, 4, and 8 Gbps ports
Up to four Brocade FS8-18 blades per Brocade DCX Backbone family chassis
Frame-based trunking with up to eight 8 Gbps ports per ISL trunk; up to 64 Gbps throughput per ISL trunk
Maximum frame size:
2112-byte payload for Fibre Channel
Classes of service:
Class 2 (unencrypted traffic), Class 3 (encrypted and unencrypted), and Class F (inter-switch frames)
Data traffic types:
Fabric switches supporting unicast, multicast (255 groups), and broadcast
8 Gbps: Utilizes Brocade hot-pluggable SFP+, LC connector; Short-Wavelength Laser (SWL); distance depends on fiber-optic cable and port speed