Oracle speeds up its Transparent Data Encryption

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SAN FRANCISCO, USA: To help organizations protect data privacy at a lower cost, Oracle has announced a breakthrough in the speed of the Transparent Data Encryption feature of Oracle Advanced Security for Oracle Database 11g Release 2 running on Intel Xeon 5600 series processor-based servers with Intel Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel AES-NI).


According to benchmark results, Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Transparent Data Encryption shows 10x speedup in AES encryption processing rate and 8x speedup of decryption processing rate using 256 bit keys on Intel Xeon X5680 processor utilizing AES-NI as compared to Intel Xeon X5560 processor without AES-NI.

“We have focused on making data encryption transparent with Oracle Advanced Security to help customers protect data and meet regulatory requirements without costly application changes,” said Vipin Samar, vice president of Database Security, Oracle.

“Customers running a combination of Transparent Data Encryption on Intel Xeon 5600 series processor-based hardware platforms can now encrypt their data 10 times faster,” added Samar.


“Intel and Oracle continue to deliver innovative solutions to end users’ most compelling business needs,” said Boyd Davis, Intel Architecture Group VP and GM of Intel’s Data Center Group Marketing. “The recent combination of Oracle Advanced Security and the hardware-accelerated encryption built into the Intel Xeon processor 5600 series enables customers to achieve superior database encryption performance.”

According to the release, organizations using Transparent Data Encryption with Oracle Database 11g can now encrypt all application data or specific fields containing sensitive information such as credit cards, social security numbers or personally identifiable information (PII) at even lower costs.

With Oracle Advanced Security’s Transparent Data Encryption enabled, Oracle Database 11g automatically encrypts and decrypts data as it is written or read from disk. Data at rest is thereby protected against unauthorized access without any changes to database applications, it added.