updated 04:45 pm EST, Wed February 6, 2013
RAID rack fits four drives in 1U, Tower fits five in portable stack
Addonics Technologies today announced the Addonics Cipher RAID Rack and the Cipher RAID Tower, two RAID storage solutions with AES 256-bit hardware encryption for high-capacity storage. Both products are tailored for securing large volumes of sensitive information, data archiving or video recording. Both units are Mac or PC compatible, and connect to systems through a single eSATA or USB cable to a USB 3.0 or 2.0 port.
Both Cipher RAID storage solutions come integrated with the AES 256-bit full disk hardware encryption. The encryption and description are activated by a insertion of a physical cipher key, similar to unlocking a door with a house key. Data is encrypted and decrypted on all drives simultaneously on the fly, and totally transparent to the user.
The hard drives enclosed inside both units can be configured to form a single RAID volume or to appear as individual drives to the system. Configuration is set via DIP switches accessible from the back of the device. Drives are added or removed from the storage chassis with no special drive tray or tools. By attaching the optional Addonics NAS 4.0 adapter, either storage solutions instantly becomes secured NAS storage.
The 1U Cipher Rack retails for $389, and the Cipher RAID tower is $399. Both are available at the Addonics website or at retail establishments now.