Cisco UCS and Thales Key Management Platform

Cisco UCS provides the management and communication backbone for high speed Ethernet, Fibre Channel, and Fibre Channel over Ethernet enterprise networks. Using a highly scalable architecture designed to meet variety of application demands with low-latency, Cisco UCS supports line rates up to 40 Gigabit. Offering transparent data encryption and management integration capabilities, the solution leverages OASIS PKCS #11 and KMIP APIs for encryption key management and key vaulting. Cisco UCS integrated infrastructure provides strong data protection by encrypting user and application data.

Delivering data at rest encryption through self-encrypting drives (SED), Cisco UCS relies on Vormetric Data Security Manager (DSM) from Thales to provide robust FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified key management and role separation. The combined solution delivers non-disruptive encryption to ensure confidentiality of sensitive data, and to protect and manage underpinning cryptographic keys. The integration provides a cost-effective and comprehensive solution that meets the most stringent security requirements. Leveraging hardware-based data at rest encryption ensures no adverse impact to system performance.