Vormetric and MongoDB Improve Encryption Performance for NoSQL Big Data Environments

Data security vendor Vormetric has announced a performance breakthrough for NoSQL database environments powered by the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family and the MongoDB NoSQL database.

VormetricIntel, and MongoDB worked together to integrate and test the combined configuration. The solution was benchmarked on servers configured with new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 processors, off-the-shelf MongoDB software and Vormetric Transparent Encryption. 

According to the vendors, they have been able to overcome the longstanding concern that adoption of encryption technologies might reduce throughput and capacity.  With the combined solution set, they say, not only is there no degradation in performance, but performance with encryption greatly exceeds that without encryption.

The solution both increases the raw performance of MongoDB implementations and provides the data-at-rest security that enables organizations to use sensitive data within their MongoDB environment.  The configuration leverages the scalability and performance characteristics of all three components:

  • The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family featuring Intel Data Protection Technology with Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (AES-NI) hardware acceleration for encryption and Secure Key.
  • MongoDB, the leading NoSQL database, is built for scalability, performance and high availability, scaling from single server deployments to large, multi-site architectures.
  • Vormetric Transparent Encryption's high performance architecture with data-at-rest encryption, access controls, and access monitoring information.

Using Intel Xeon E5 v3 processor innovations; including enhanced Intel AES-NI hardware acceleration, AVX, wide data-path, as well as path optimization and extended multithreading from Vormetric Transparent Encryption, the companies say performance versus the previous Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 family increased from 18% to 147%, and performance with encryption exceeded performance without encryption from 34% to 348% 

"With Vormetric, MongoDB customers not only gain critical safeguards required for use of sensitive data, but incur no performance penalties due to the additional performance boost available from the optimized Intel hardware encryption, and Vormetric's kernel driver optimization," said Vijay Vijayasankar, VP of Global Channels and Business Development at MongoDB Inc.