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***Please Note: It is required that the Unit be connected to a Port Multiplier compatible eSATA Host Controller for the System to see all drives. It is assumed that the driver for the eSATA Host Cotroller is correctly installed.***
  • 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
  • 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.

 The Cipher RAID Tower is a perfect solution for application that requires reliable storage with redundancy and also the best data security protection. Build on the Addonics field proven Storage Tower and hardware encryption solution - CipherChain, Diamond Cipher and Ruby Cipher , the family of Cipher RAID Towers are 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 and the unique dual drive encryptions ensures maximum performance of the RAID system. The Cipher RAID Tower will out performs any similarly equipped RAID encryption solution available in the market. Other than the insertion of the encryption keys during the initial power up of the Cipher RAID Tower, it operates and performs just the same as an ordinary RAID system.


Similar to the RAID Tower, 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 your RAID system been stolen. The The Cipher RAID Tower can be used with any computing platform and is totally independent of any Operating System. Comes standard with eSATA interface that supports up to the latest SATA III 6Gbps, 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 offers 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.

encryption architecture one crypto engine per drive
Performance maximum 300 MB/sec depending on the speed of the SATA port
Cost higher
Operation requires multiple Cipher keys depending on the # of drives in the RAID set
level of security AES 256-bit full disk encryption, each drive can be encrypted with different cipher key code
recommended applications Video editing, high performance computing that require sustained throughput over 150 MB/sec




  • Secure data in RAID storage applications - external RAID storage, Video storage, Server storage
  • Full disk hardware encryption using AES 256-bit key strength
  • FIPS and NIST certified
  • 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

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