Apricorn, a leading manufacturer of 256-bit XTS-AES Hardware Encrypted USB Flash Drives, recently announced the Aegis Fortress L3 Portable SSD with up to 20TB capacity. This new 20TB SSD has a secure design and meets the requirements of the US Federal Information Processing Standard FIPS 140-2 Level 3.
The highest level of FIPS validation granted by NIST The Fortress L3 expands the validation boundary beyond the encryption module, to include all of the electronics, the drive, the entire internal structure, and the enclosure’s fasteners. NIST FIPS 140 is the cryptography standard program required by the US federal government for the protection of sensitive data.
The hardware encrypted drive comes in a metal case measuring 77 x 122 x 16.5 or 77 x 122 x 24.5 mm (depending on the storage capacity) is equipped with a membrane keyboard for entering a PIN code and a USB 3.2 Gen1 interface. Includes cables for USB-A and USB-C connectivity. Using the drive does not require software installation. The list of compatible operating systems includes Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android.
Price and availability
The Apricorn Aegis Fortress L3 Portable SSD is offered in sizes from 512 GB to 20 TB. It can be purchased via Amazon.com and prices range from $302.98 to $ 12,999, respectively.
Last month, Sabrent has also introduced a huge 16TB SSD called Rocket XTRM-Q, which combines two 8TB drives in a single case. Users will be able to use the device as a single 16TB logical drive, in which two 8TB SSDs are combined into a RAID 0 array. In this mode, the Sabrent Rocket XTRM-Q will be able to offer read speeds of up to 2.8GB/s. To connect to the system, a Thunderbolt 3 interface is used with a bandwidth of up to 40 Gb/s (up to 5 Gb/s) and is priced at $2899.99.