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AES 256-bit full disk hardware encryption               FIPS 140-2 certified Crypto Module             high performance

The Cipher RAID Tower is a perfect solution for application that requires reliable storage with redundancy and also the best data security protection. Built on the Addonics field proven Storage Tower and hardware encryption solution (CipherChain, Diamond Cipher and Ruby Cipher) , the family of Cipher RAID Towers is designed to provide superior performance and bullet proof AES 256-bit full disk hardware encryption at less than half of the price of similar products in the market. Not only the data is highly secured by the strong AES 256-bit encryption, the Cipher RAID Tower is simple to use and easy to deploy. There is no software to install or special training required. The FIPS certified hardware crypto engine integrated inside the Cipher RAID Tower ensures the maximum performance of the RAID system. Other than the insertion of the encryption keys during the initial power up, the Cipher RAID Tower operates and performs just the same as an ordinary RAID system.

The Cipher RAID Tower comes with everything you need other than the hard drive. Designed for easy addition and removal of hard drives, you can add your choice of hard drive in any capacity. Depending on the model, the drives can be configured as RAID 0, 10 or 5. The data written to the RAID set will all be encrypted on the fly, securing all your data from unauthorized access should any drive in the RAID system is stolen. The The Cipher RAID Tower can be used with any computing platform and is totally independent of any Operating System. The Cipher RAID Tower can also connected to the new Superspeed USB 3.0 port with an optional USB 3.0 - eSATA adapter.

Addonics RAID encryption architecture

Depending on the Cipher RAID Tower model, Addonics RAID encryption are implemented in one of the following two different architectures - Drive Level Encryption (DLE) and RAID Volume Encryption (RVE). Both DLE and RVE offer strong AES 256-bit encryption but at a different price performance.

Drive Level Encryption (DLE)

The DLV approach deploys one crypto engine per drive in the RAID set. It ensures maximum RAID performance but at a higher cost. Also the operation of the Cipher RAID Tower requires one Cipher key for each drive in the RAID group.

 

RAID Volume Encryption (RVE)

RVE encrypts all the drives in the RAID volume with a single crypto engine. This approach costs less than the DLV approach. Performance of the RAID is limited to the maximum throughput of the crypto engine of 150 MB/sec. Operation is simpler as only one encryption key is required to activate the RAID when it is first powered on.

Below is a summary of the PROs and CONs for the two RAID architectures:

 
DLE
RVE
encryption architecture one crypto engine per drive one crypto engine per RAID set
Performance maximum 300 MB/sec depending on the speed of the SATA port Maximum 150 MB/sec
Cost higher lower
Operation requires multiple Cipher keys depending on the # of drives in the RAID set one Cipher key to activate the Cipher RAID Tower
level of security AES 256-bit full disk encryption, each drive can be encrypted with different cipher key code AES 256-bit full disk encryption. Each drive uses the same Cipher key code
recommended applications Video editing, high performance computing that require sustained throughput over 150 MB/sec General office server application, file back up, database, web server, email server, video server and others


Features

  • Secure data in RAID storage applications - external RAID storage, Video storage, Server storage
  • Full disk hardware encryption using AES 256-bit key strength
  • FIPS 140-2 certified Crypto Module.
  • Complete turn key solution - just add your own choice of hard drives and configure the RAID setting
  • Choice of models that support from 2 - 10 hard drives
  • Choice of Drive Level Encryption or RAID Volume Encryption
  • High performance* - up to 200 MB/sec for 5 drives configured in RAID 5 using Drive Level Encryption
  • No software to install
  • No training required. Operation is totally transparent to the users
  • OS independent
  • Ball bearing high CFM low noise cooling fans
  • LED indicators for each storage device, RAID status, host connection and power
*This performance was measured at our lab by connecting the Cipher RAID Tower to the Addonics 8-lane PCI Express eSATA controller.

Model, additional features and price information

Drive Level Encryption (DLE)
each drive has its own crypto engine, high performance

Model Features

CRT235SMH   (Discontinued)

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  • Install up to two 3.5" SATA hard drives of any capacity (drives not included)
  • Connect to system via USB 2.0 or eSATA port (connecting cables included)
  • Drive level Encryption (DLE), one cipher key per drive
  • AES 256-bit hardware encryption
  • Drives are added or removed like tape cartridge from each drive bay with no special tool required.
  • Connect to system via USB 2.0 or eSATA port (connecting cables included).
  • Drives can be configured as FAST (RAID0 Striping), SAFE (RAID1 Mirroring), JBOD* (Just a Bunch Of Disks or individual drive), BIG (combined single volume), SAFE50, SAFE33.
  • RAID setting via a rotary switch on the back.
  • OS independent, can be used on any system.
  • RAID diagnostic software utility (for Windows, Mac and Linux).

Components list made up this model:
Storage Tower II (STII-B with SCSI-I back panel), Dual CipherChain on SCSI 1 (Centronics 50-pin) bracket (CCMSPC1), 2 pairs of AES 256-bit Cipher keys (AAENKEY256-2), 2X1 eSATA / USB 2.0 Hardware Port Multiplier (AD2SAHPMEU), 2 units Snap-In Mobile Rack (AESNAPMRSA), 6 feet A-B USB cable (AAUSBAB6F), 3 feet eSATA cable (AAESATA100C), power cord, user guide

Note: As a standard set up, all cipher keys are coded the same. You may request to code them differently by leaving us a note in the instruction box at the final check out on our online store

CDC4HESU  $689 click to check price and order online

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  • Install up to four 3.5" SATA hard drives of any capacity (drives not included)
  • Connect to system via eSATA or USB 2.0 (connecting cables included)
  • Drive level Encryption (DLE), one cipher key per drive
  • AES 256-bit hardware encryption
  • Built-in RAID accelerator for high performance
  • Drives are installed onto drive enclosures that can be added or removed like tape cartridge from each drive bay.
  • Drives can be configured as FAST2 (2 drive RAID 0 Striping),, SAFE2 (RAID1 Mirroring), SAFE FAST (RAID 1+0 Mirrored Stripped), BIG 2 (2 drives Concatenation), FAST4 (4 drive RAID 0 Striping), BIG 4(4 drives Concatenation), RAID 1+0, RAID 5 over 4 drives, or RAID 5+S.
  • RAID setting via a rotary switch on the back.
  • OS independent, can be used on any system.
  • RAID diagnostic via LED lights.
  • Can install 3.5" IDE hard drive using optional Diamond IDE drive enclosure. 2.5" SATA or IDE hard drives can also be install with optional bracket and connector adapter.
Components list made up this model:
Storage Tower (STMPC-B with SCSI-I back panel), 4X1 eSATA / USB 2.0 Hardware Port Multiplier (AD4SR5HPMU-E), 4 units Diamond Cipher Drive Cartridge System with AES 256-bit encryption (DCDCS256S), 4 pairs of AES 256-bit Cipher keys (AAENKEY256-2), 3 feet eSATA cable (AAESATA100C)

Optional USB 3.0 - eSATAp adapter (ADU3ESA) for USB 3.0 / 2.0 connection

Note: As a standard set up, all cipher keys are coded the same. You may request to code them differently by leaving us a note in the instruction box at the final check out on our online store

CRC4HESU  $529 click to check price and order online

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  • Install up to four 2.5" SATA hard drives of any capacity (drives not included)
  • Connect to system via USB 2.0 or eSATA port (connecting cables included)
  • Drive level Encryption (DLE), one cipher key per drive
  • AES 256-bit hardware encryption
  • Built-in RAID accelerator for high performance
  • Drives are installed onto drive enclosures that can be added or removed like tape cartridge from each drive bay.
  • Drives can be configured as FAST2 (2 drive RAID 0 Striping), SAFE2 (RAID1 Mirroring), SAFE FAST (RAID 1+0 Mirrored Stripped), BIG 2 (2 drives Concatenation), FAST4 (4 drive RAID 0 Striping), BIG 4(4 drives Concatenation), RAID 1+0, RAID 5 over 4 drives, or RAID 5+S.
  • RAID setting via a rotary switch on the back.
  • OS independent, can be used on any system.
  • RAID diagnostic via LED lights.
Components list made up this model:
Mini Storage Tower (MST-B with SCSI-I back panel), 4X1 eSATA / USB 2.0 Hardware Port Multiplier (AD4SR5HPMU-E), 4 units Ruby Cipher Drive Cartridge System with AES 256-bit encryption (RCDCS256S), 4 pairs of AES 256-bit Cipher keys (AAENKEY256-2), 6 feet A-B USB cable (AAUSBAB6F), 3 feet eSATA cable (AAESATA100C)

Note: As a standard set up, all cipher keys are coded the same. You may request to code them differently by leaving us a note in the instruction box at the final check out on our online store

CDC5HXAES  $729 click to check price and order online

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  • Install up to five 3.5" SATA hard drives of any capacity (drives not included)
  • Connect to system via eSATA port (connecting cable included)
  • Drive level Encryption (DLE), one cipher key per drive
  • AES 256-bit hardware encryption
  • Built-in RAID accelerator for high performance
  • Drives are installed onto drive enclosures that can be added or removed like tape cartridge from each drive bay
  • Drives can be configured as RAID0 (Striping), RAID1 (Mirroring), RAID5 (Parity), RAID10 (Mirrored Striped)
  • JBOD* (Concatenation), Clone Mode (N-Way Mirror) using built-in hardware RAID
  • OS independent, can be used on any system when all drives are configured as a single RAID volume
  • For Windows operating systems, configure RAID using RAID diagnostic software utility
  • For Linux and Mac operating systems, configure RAID using onboard jumpers
  • Optional USB 3.0 / 2.0 connection using USB 3.0 to eSATA adapter (ADU3ESA)
Components list made up this model:
Storage Tower V (ST5), 5X1 HPM-XA Enclosure Version (AD5HPMRXA-E), 5 units Diamond Cipher Drive Cartridge System with AES 256-bit encryption (DCDCS256S), 5 pairs of AES 256-bit Cipher keys (AAENKEY256-2), 3 feet eSATA cable (AAESATA100C)

Note: As a standard set up, all cipher keys are coded the same. You may request to code them differently by leaving us a note in the instruction box at the final check out on our online store

 

RAID Volume Encryption (RVE)
one crypto engine for all the drives in a RAID set, simple operation

Model Features

CRTM4HES  $279 click to check price and order online

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  • Install up to four 3.5" SATA hard drives of any capacity (drives not included)
  • Connect to system via eSATA port (USB 3.0 / 2.0 optional)
  • RAID Volume Encryption (RVE), one cipher key per RAID volume
  • AES 256-bit hardware encryption
  • Built-in RAID accelerator for high performance
  • One cipher key for the entire RAID set
  • Drives are mounted onto the tower chassis using screws.
  • Drives can be configured as FAST2 (2 drive RAID 0 Striping),, SAFE2 (RAID1 Mirroring), SAFE FAST (RAID 1+0 Mirrored Stripped), BIG 2 (2 drives Concatenation), FAST4 (4 drive RAID 0 Striping), BIG 4(4 drives Concatenation), RAID 1+0, RAID 5 over 4 drives, or RAID 5+S.
  • RAID setting via a rotary switch on the back.
  • OS independent, can be used on any system.
  • RAID diagnostic via LED lights.
Components list made up this model:
Mini Storage Tower (MST-B with SCSI-I back panel), 4X1 eSATA / USB 2.0 Hardware Port Multiplier (AD4SR5HPMU-E), CipherChain-e on SCSI 1 (Centronics 50-pin) bracket
(CCMSPC-E), 1 pair of AES 256-bit Cipher keys (AAENKEY256-2), 3 feet eSATA cable (AAESATA100C)

Optional USB 3.0 - eSATAp adapter (ADU3ESA) for USB 3.0 / 2.0 connection

CRT535PES   $389 click to check price and order online

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  • Install up to five 3.5" SATA hard drives of any capacity (drives not included)
  • Connect to system via eSATA port of a Port Multiplier compatible controller
  • RAID Volume Encryption (RVE), one cipher key per RAID volume
  • AES 256-bit hardware encryption
  • One cipher key for the entire RAID set
  • Up to 5 drives per RAID set
  • Drives are installed onto drive trays that can be added or removed like tape cartridge from each drive bay
  • Supports individual drive mode or software RAID
  • Require Port Multiplier (PM) compatible SATA controller
  • OS independent, can be used on any system.
  • RAID diagnostic via LED lights.
  • Check Addonics host controller page for choices of PM compatible controller

    Components list made up this model:
    Storage Tower (STMPC-B with SCSI-I back panel), 5X1 Internal Port Multiplier (AD5SAPM), 1 Disk Array 5SA (AE5RCS35NSA), CipherChain kit for external enclosures (CCMS1-ES), 1 pair of AES 256-bit Cipher keys (AAENKEY256-2), 3 feet eSATA cable (AAESATA100C)

CRT1035P2ES  $639 click to check price and order online

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  • Install up to ten 3.5" SATA hard drives of any capacity (drives not included)
  • Connect to system via eSATA port of a Port Multiplier compatible controller
  • RAID Volume Encryption (RVE), one cipher key per RAID volume
  • AES 256-bit hardware encryption
  • One cipher key for the entire RAID set
  • Up to 5 drives per RAID set
  • Drives are installed onto drive trays that can be added or removed like tape cartridge from each drive bay
  • Supports individual drive mode or software RAID
  • Require Port Multiplier (PM) compatible SATA controller
  • OS independent, can be used on any system.
  • RAID diagnostic via LED lights.
Check Addonics host controller page for chocies of PM compatible controller

Components list made up this model:
Storage Tower IX (ST9), 3 5X1 Internal Port Multiplier (AD5SAPM), 2 Disk Array 5SA (AE5RCS35NSA), 2 Dual CipherChain on 3.5" drive bay bracket (CCM35MK2), 2 pairs of AES 256-bit Cipher keys (AAENKEY256-2), two 3 feet eSATA cables (AAESATA100C)

* Note: JBOD (individual drive setting) is only supported with eSATA connection to a PM compatible controller.

If none of the above models has the right feature that meet your requirement, you may visit the Storage Tower page and custom built your own using the wide assortment of Addonics components.

There is no back door for the Diamond Cipher encrypted hard drive if the key is lost or stolen. To ensure there is a spare key, every cipher key that ship with Addonics Cipher RAID Tower comes in a pair. One of these keys should be kept in a safe and secure location. You may send the spare key to Addonics for duplicating additional keys at any time. If you are down to the last key, be sure to make a back up of all the data stored inside your encrypted hard drive or the RAID volume prior to sending the last key to Addonics. Addonics is not responsible for key lost in the mail or retrieval of the data inside the encrypted hard drive.

You may order extra key at the time placing your order and request custom coding your keys. There is no charge for duplicating keys or customer coding the keys.

Feature summary comparison Chart

 
CRT235SMH
CDC4HESU
CRTM4HES
CRC4HESU
CDC5HXAES
CRT535PES
CRT1035P2ES
Price
  (Discontinued)
$689 click to check price and order online
$279 click to check price and order online
$529 click to check price and order online
$729 click to check price and order online
$389 click to check price and order online
$639 click to check price and order online
Maximum number of drives installable
3.5" SATA
2
N/A
4
N/A
5
5
10
2.5" SATA or SSD
N/A
Yes (with optional bracket)
N/A
4
Yes (with optional bracket)
Yes (with optional bracket)
Yes (with optional bracket)
Connection to System
Via any eSATA port
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
require Port Multiplier compatible eSATA port
require Port Multiplier compatible eSATA port
Via USB 2.0 port
Yes

Yes

Yes (with optional
USB 3.0 - eSATAp adapter (model - ADU3ESA )
Yes Yes (with optional
USB 3.0 - eSATAp adapter (model - ADU3ESA )
NA
NA
Via USB 3.0 port Yes (with optional
USB 3.0 - eSATAp adapter (model - ADU3ESA )
Yes (with optional
USB 3.0 - eSATAp adapter (model - ADU3ESA )
Yes (with optional
USB 3.0 - eSATAp adapter (model - ADU3ESA )
Yes (with optional
USB 3.0 - eSATAp adapter (model - ADU3ESA )
Yes (with optional
USB 3.0 - eSATAp adapter (model - ADU3ESA )
NA NA
Encryption
Encryption level AES 256-bit AES 256-bit AES 256-bit AES 256-bit AES 256-bit AES 256-bit AES 256-bit
Architecture DLE - one crypto engine per drive DLE - one crypto engine per drive RVE- one crypto engine per RAID volume DLE - one crypto engine per drive DLE - one crypto engine per drive RVE- one crypto engine per RAID volume RVE- one crypto engine per RAID volume
number of Cipher keys required per RAID volume
2
4
1
4
5
1
1
Built-in RAID accelerator
NA
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
NA
NA
Supported type of RAID
RAID 1, RAID 0
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
RAID 10
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
BIG (SPAN)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
RAID 5 over 4 drives
N/A
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
RAID 5
N/A
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
RAID 5+S
N/A
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
N / A
N / A
Clone mode
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes
N / A
N / A
JBOD
(individual drive)
Yes (when connected to eSATA port of a PM compatible controller)
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes (when connected via eSATA port on PM compatible controller)
Yes (when connected via eSATA port on PM compatible controller)
Yes (when connected via eSATA port on PM compatible controller)
RAID Setup via onboard rotary switch via onboard rotary switch via onboard rotary switch via onboard rotary switch via software or onboard jumpers via software via software
Model of the integrated Port Multiplier AD2SAHPMEU AD4SR5HPMU-E AD4SR5HPMU-E AD4SR5HPMU-E AD5HPMRXA-E AD5SAPM AD5SAPM
RAID setup software
utility support
available for Windows, Mac OS, or Linux
NA
NA
NA
available for Windows
depends on the RAID utility of the controller
depends on the RAID utility of the controller
RAID Diagnostics via software via LED lights via LED lights via LED lights via software via LED lights via LED lights
Drive installation
direct drive
insertion
2 drives N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
via removable
drive enclosure
N/A 4 drives N/A 4 drives 5 drives 5 drives 10 drives
mounted directly onto
tower chassis
N/A N/A 4 drives N/A N/A N/A N/A
Hot Swappable
Drives
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Supported OS OS Independent OS Independent OS Independent OS Independent OS Independent depends on the controller depends on the controller


Optional Accessories

Part number
Description and Package Content Click shopping cart to check price and order online
AE25SN35SA

Snap-In 25 - Convert any 2.5" SATA drive into 3.5" SATA form factor
Package content:
Snap-In 25 (2.5" - 3.5" converter box), User guide

$15.99 Cart
ADU3ESA
USB 3.0 to eSATAp adapter
$29.95 click to check price and shop online
AA4RCSDR
Drive drawer (black bezel) for any 3.5" Disk Array
$14.95 click to check price and shop online
AAENKEY256
AES 256-bit cipher key $9 Cart
AAENKEY256-2

A pair of AES 256-bit cipher keys

$17 Cart
AACSYSU2
Cipher Key management system - consists of programming unit, 110V power adapter, USB data connecting cable, Software CD

More information about the Cipher Key Management system can be found here

$999 Cart

 

Cipher key management system

For organization with large deployment, you may consider managing your own keys by investing into a Addonics Cipher key management system.


*A Certification Mark of NIST, which does not imply product endorsement by NIST, the U.S. or Canadian Governments.

Specification subjects to change without notice