NAS Solution with NVMe-Based In-line Hardware Encryptor

The unit is significantly faster than SATA-based alternatives and provides a path to NSA approval By Mike Ball / 07 Dec 2023
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Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions Division has launched a new variant of the company’s High-Speed Recorder 10 GbE (HSR10) high-capacity network attached storage (NAS) device, featuring the industry’s first NVMe in-line hardware full disk encryptor. The encryptor delivers higher throughput compared to SATA architecture alternatives, while providing a path to National Security Agency (NSA) Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) Components List approval.

As the HSR10’s hardware encryption technology is NVMe-based, the unit provides near line-rate data throughput, which is significantly faster than SATA-based alternatives. Currently offered with up to 32 TB of removable data storage, the HSR10 also provides customers with greater storage capacity roadmaps that benefit from advances in commercial NVMe memory technology. The HSR10 is ideal for storing and protecting critical data-at-rest (DAR) on deployed air, sea and ground platforms.

Modern military intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms generate large amounts of highly sensitive data that must be captured and securely stored without impacting performance. System designers must ensure that data capture systems can handle large amounts of data without interruption. The HSR10 provides two layers of full-disk encryption (FDE) in a single device, both of which are CSfC Certifiable and fully operational in a single unit, which reduces program risk, schedule and cost.

The HSR10 uses the latest solid-state drive technology while providing two layers of FDE. The NVMe protocol can deliver transmission/storage performance improvement of nearly 50% over SATA-based solutions. NVMe-based memory reduces latency and increases bandwidth by eliminating storage interface bottlenecks.

For system designers that require NSA-approved encryption, the HSR10 will be submitted for National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) and Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA) certification to achieve CSfC Components List approval.

Brian Perry, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions Division, commented: “With the introduction of the new HSR10 network attached storage device, Curtiss-Wright continues its commitment to lead the industry in delivering rugged secure storage solutions for deployed data-at-rest. The development of the NVMe in-line encryptor, the industry’s first, enables system integrators to take full advantage of the HSR10’s dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, eliminating data bottlenecks on sensor-rich platforms while supporting two-layers of encryption to protect up to 32 Terabytes of critical data.”

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