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Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) For SQL Server Standard by Quesi Jay


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Type: Suggestion
ID: 676553
Opened: 6/22/2011 3:12:44 PM
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TDE is a nice feature for HIPAA compliant applications. Here is a link to a white paper on the topic: http://www.jeffersonwells.com/MSSQL2008HIPAA?

Unfortunately it is only available in enterprise and developer editions. This feature would be very nice for companies who aren't "enterprises" and don't have 25k+ dollars sitting around to spend on a processor license, but still want to be able to encrypt their healthcare database. There are many small companies that I work with as a consultant that would benefit from this feature but cannot use it because it is cost prohibitive to purchase enterprise versions of SQL Server.
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Posted by Microsoft on 8/4/2011 at 6:27 PM
We understand your position and are happy that that you feel TDE is beneficial for HIPAA compliant applications. However it is unlikely that TDE will be made available in non-Enterprise editions. For those smaller companies that do not see the return on investment for SQL Server Enterprise there is an alternative which is to use the cell-level encryption functionality which is available on all editions of SQL Server. For packaged applications, we would encourage those companies to ask the ISV who provides the application to offer SQL Server Enterprise Edition as part of their application offering through the ISV run-time program (http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/licensing-options/isv-program.aspx).

Thank you.
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