IXEurope, one of Europe’s fastest growing datacentre services companies, and idQuantique, a quantum cryptography company, have agreed to set up a twin-datacentre pilot site using Quantum Cryptography.
In essence, the technology encrypts the optical signals within inter-site dark fibre links and it is expected to be able to provide total optical data security between customers’ IT installations when dual site solutions are deployed.
Announced recently Zurich, the companies demonstrated the benefits of what idQuantique calls an unbreakable encryption solution combined with IXEurope’s IXDatacentres to provide what the firm says is unconditional data confidentiality, integrity and availability.
“idQuantique’s cryptographic appliance is ideal for encrypting transmissions over networks between locations, and combines ease of integration into existing networks and uncompromised security,” claims Andy Castle, VP of IT Services at IXEurope. “The pilot between our IXDatacentres in Zurich will allow us to test reactions to this high level of security solution. Potential customers include financial services, pharmaceutical companies, government agencies and R&D companies, many of which are already using our IXDatacentres for their IT installations”.
The Vectis link encryptor is a hardware Quantum Cryptography appliance for point-to-point wire-speed optical link encryption. It combines QKD (Quantum Key Distribution) and an industry standard based encryption engine AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) in a stand-alone appliance. It allows secure communication between remote networks connected by an optical fibre up to a distance of 100 km.
Even though over the past 5 years optical fibre cables have replaced copper cables for almost all high bandwidth metropolitan area networks (MANs), the firms believe that intercepting information transmitted over an optical fibre cable is however possible and the new technology will provide an added level of protection to those whose data simply cannot be compromised.