HSMs are widely accepted as industry best practice for protecting cryptographic keys and for performing encryption and digital signing. HSMs provide a cost-effective way to increase the security of software-based systems, enforcing access control and key management policies within a tamper-resistant security environment. Thales nShield Connect HSMs are network-attached appliances that act as a highly scalable, centralized resource for managing keys and protecting sensitive data. The nShield Connect product line is easily deployed to support a wide range of shared security infrastructure applications such as Microsoft Certificate Services (PKI), Entrust Authority Security Manager, RSA Certificate Manager, Oracle Database, and Microsoft SQL Server.
While nShield Connect 6000 supports up to 100 servers, virtual machines or other application instances, nShield Connect 500 and 1500 support up to 10 and 20 clients respectively, enabling organizations to cost-effectively deploy the industry's leading HSMs to meet their specific performance requirements. In addition, nShield Connect 500 and 1500 are equipped with dual hot-swappable power supplies and field serviceable fans, like nShield Connect 6000, to support the needs of high-capacity shared IT infrastructures within modern data centers, where resilience and ease of maintenance are a primary concern.
"The introduction of the entire family of nShield Connect hardware security modules raises the bar in meeting customer demand for scalable, high-performance and resilient key management infrastructures," says Franck Greverie, Vice President, Managing Director for the information systems security activities of Thales. "By introducing nShield Connect 500 and 1500 to our product portfolio, we are demonstrating our market leadership, offering dual, hot-swappable power supplies as standard in our entry-level products " recognizing business continuity is a critical factor for all of our clients. The nShield Connect portfolio offers our customers an easy and scalable upgrade path from our net HSM family."
The Thales nShield Connect product portfolio provides a number of industry-leading benefits, including:
nShield Connect 500 and 1500 and 6000 are part of the nCipher product line and are fully compatible with existing Thales nShield Solo and Thales netHSM products. Customers can mix and match these products under a common Thales Security World key management framework and utilize existing developer tool kits.
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Thales is one of the world leaders in the provision of Information and Communication Systems Security solutions for government, defense, critical infrastructure operators, enterprises and the finance industry. Thales's unique position in the market is due to its end-to-end security offering spanning the entire value chain in the security domain. The comprehensive offering includes architecture design, security and encryption product development, evaluation and certification preparation and through-life management services.
Thales has forty years of unrivalled track record in protecting information from Sensitive But Unclassified up to Top Secret and a comprehensive portfolio of security products and services, which includes network security products, application security products and secured telephony products.
Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace and Space, Defence, Security and Transportation markets. In 2008, the company generated revenues of 12.7 billion euros with 68,000 employees in 50 countries. With its 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers as local partners. www.thalesgroup.com
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