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Status Not under consideration
Workspace AIX
Created by Guest
Created on Oct 3, 2014

Virtualization of crypto on AIX

Virtualization of crypto adapter for System p similar to what System z has today.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Apr 10, 2020

    a level of virtualization for crypto adapters is available on AIX / Power Systems using ACSP :

    there are no plans for Power systems software to support virtualization of crypto on AIX either through the virtual I/O server (VIOS) or SR-IOV

  • Guest
    Feb 23, 2017

    This requirement has originally been raised by GAD (now Fiducia & GAD IT AG).
    In a recent call on crypto topics the customer confirmed his interest in crypto virtualization on Power Systems under AIX (support of crypto domain concept). He made following remarks re. this requirement:
    "GAD is interested in using a crypto coprocessor on different LPARs with different configurations (different access control points, different user/role concept, different master keys etc.) also on pSeries. This could be achieved by implementing the domain concept of crypto coprocessors on zSeries also on pSeries."

    Already in 2011 GAD commented in the Crypto Workgroup community on the requirement referring to the European Crypto Council of 2011:
    "Unfortunately, this requirement has not been on the list shown during the last council although it has been required for a long time.
    Answering the questions (as shown during Shawn's presentation)
    1. Crypto Card Virtualization (design similar to System z) - HIGH
    2. TKE for Power Systems - { HIGH | MED | LOW | NA }MED
    3. Is TKE a pre-requisite for Crypto Card Virtualization in your shop? NO

    In my opinion the IBM Power System Virtualization only makes sense if the Crypto Card virtualization is also supported"

  • Guest
    Feb 23, 2017


  • Guest
    Jan 29, 2016

    This RFE is acknowledged as a being of value and will be considered for possible plan inclusion during a future planning cycle.

  • Guest
    Aug 3, 2015

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM AIX
    Component - Product functionality
    Operating system - IBM AIX
    Source - IBM Conference

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - z Systems Hardware
    Product - z Systems Hardware
    Component - Security / Crypto
    Operating system - IBM AIX
    Source - IBM Conference

  • Guest
    Oct 4, 2014

    Creating a new RFE based on Community RFE #60191 in product zEnterprise EC12 (zEC12) zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12).