Marvell Launches LiquidSecurity 2 Module to Deliver Best-in-Class HSM-as-a-Service in the Multi-Cloud Era


Delivering 10x more key storage, 3x more transaction processing performance for improved total cost of ownership

SANTA CLARA, Calif., September 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) today unveiled its LiquidSecurity 2 (LS2) hardware security module (HSM) adapter, the industry’s most advanced solution for enabling encryption, key management, authentication and other HSM services in the cloud. LS2 is a converged security platform for payment, privacy, and general-purpose applications, and is powered by a cloud-optimized Marvell OCTEON® Data Processing Unit (DPU), proven at large scale in the world’s largest hyperscale clouds. The new Marvell HSM adapter offers industry-leading cryptographic acceleration and processing, including hardware-secured storage of up to one million keys for AES, RSA, and ECC encryption algorithms, and 45 partitions for robust multi-tenant use cases.

As enterprises migrate from on-premises environments to private or multi-cloud cloud environments, Marvell’s industry-leading LiquidSecurity platform enables cloud service providers and large enterprises to build HSM clouds as a service. Marvell’s HSM adapters feature the latest FIPS-certified security boundary, designed for the most demanding applications deployed at cloud scale while delivering the best cost, performance, and power efficiency for public and private clouds.

“Today, LiquidSecurity enables the world’s largest clouds to build HSM-as-a-service, with unprecedented performance, securing billions of transactions per month,” said Raghib Hussein, President Products and Technologies at Marvell. “The new LS2 will improve the performance and economics of hyperscalers while expanding the total available market by making it easier for enterprises and governments to secure their applications across public, private and hybrid clouds. The global datasphere will be a place more secure when all encryption keys are stored in hardware.”

Modernization of the HSM

Marvell has been leading efforts to transform HSMs into cloud-based devices since 2015. HSMs are the backbone of key management, cryptographic functions and authentication for banks, ATM networks, media companies and other service providers. In the United States alone, the value of credit and debit card transactions is expected to increase from 8 trillion dollars at $12.9 trillion by 2025. Almost all of the more than 468 billion credit card transactions that take place worldwide each year depend on HSMs. However, most HSMs are on-premises devices managed by an in-house team of experts or third-party support organizations. The training, deployment, and ongoing management of encryption systems also remain key barriers to wider adoption of on-premises HSM-based encryption in enterprises.

Marvell’s LiquidSecurity product line leverages the performance of the company’s cloud-optimized OCTEON® family of DPUs. Combining cutting-edge technologies with Marvell’s expertise in software and system development, the company provides HSM functionality in a PCIe card, helping users reduce cost, rack space and overhead. to traditional HSMs, while simultaneously increasing performance to maximize flexibility and use cases. . This enables cloud and SaaS providers to deploy HSMs to deliver new services or enhance existing services at a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than any other alternative. Instead of purchasing and managing private HSMs on-premises, more retailers, banks, and other organizations can upgrade to the highest level of security by purchasing HSM services on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Today, LS2 hardware can be certified and updated in the field to support new algorithms and variants, such as post-quantum cryptography, providing cryptographic agility and protecting the HSM against new vulnerabilities. Key features of the HSM Marvell LS2 include:

  • Highest performance: Up to 100,000 ECC operations per second
  • Scalability and flexibility: Up to 1 million keys and 45 partitions
  • The lowest Total cost of ownership: Lowest cost per stored key, per shard (performance per dollar and performance per watt)
  • Full SDK: API-based design for greater flexibility and rapid deployment
  • Multiple models, form factors and capacities: Supports a wide range of use cases across vertical markets and multi-cloud deployments
  • Extended compliance roadmap: FIPS 140-31CC, eIDAS, PCI PTS HSM 4.0
  • Reliability: High availability, load balancing and fault tolerance

“HSM-as-a-service will play an important role in the cloud-based economy,” said Michela Menting, research director in digital security at ABI Research. “Marvell is at the forefront of improving the HSM experience for customers and owners by championing a converged, cloud-ready solution that extends the usefulness and ubiquity of cryptographic services. The development of Cloud-based HSMs will be one of the most impactful trends in security in the years to come.”

For more information, visit the LiquidSecurity 2 HSM solutions page.

1Certification pending/planned.

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