HexaTier: Database Security Product Overview and Analysis

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Bottom Line

HexaTier is primarily aimed at SMBs operating smaller cloud-based databases. For that market, HexaTier delivers an excellent, easy to implement and manage feature set. However, it supports a limited number of database types and has no infrastructure discovery functionality. The company has been purchased by Huawei, and new product releases have stalled. It remains to be seen what the Chinese firm does with it.

Product Description

HexaTier’s platform combines data discovery, dynamic data masking and activity monitoring based on a reverse proxy technology. The platform protects data from insider and outsider threats with database security, aids in the discovery of sensitive data, delivers dynamic data masking, and monitors database activity to comply with regulatory requirements.

HexaTier reduces the attackable surface, offering database firewall and segregation of duties to help prevent SQL injections and determine privileges of access control. Sensitive data such as?SSN,?PII, e-mails and passwords are automatically detected?and classified to ensure alignment with regulatory requirements. Organizations can dynamically mask sensitive data accessed from application screens, reports, development and DBA tools.

Database Security Features Rated

Databases served: Good

HexaTier supports Database as a Service (DBaaS), private, public and hybrid cloud environments as well as on-premises databases.

Problem solved: Good

HexaTier helps DBaaS users create and maintain a secure and compliance-ready?environment.?HexaTier provides greater?security and compliance by utilizing a reverse proxy technology for securing databases across multiple platforms.

HexaTier sits as a front-end to your data, defining rules and policies. It analyzes and approves every request to a database?server or cloud-based database server. This provides the real-time?ability to stop unauthorized access of any sort or from any source.

Value: Very good

A solid value for SMBs operating smaller cloud-based databases.

Implementation: Best in class

HexaTier can be rapidly deployed as software on premises or in cloud infrastructures. It sits inline,?in front of the database. With its quick installation,?HexaTier provides quick and thorough security and compliance on any of the major cloud platforms. KuppingerCole says it is easy to install, operate, and maintain.

Management: Very good

HexaTier makes it simple to provide administrative and access activity monitoring up to the database column level, auditing logins, admin commands, access queries and stored procedures.

Support: Fair

HexaTier has yet to emerge from its purchase by Huawei, so support remains uncertain.

Cloud: Best in class

HexaTier provides excellent coverage of cloud databases, major cloud platforms, Amazon RDS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud,?Rackspace?Cloud,?and others.


Markets and Use Cases

Hexatier is targeted primarily for cloud databases delivered as a service. It is designed for SMBs with a focus on ease of deployment and operation, and it offers 28% HIPAA compliance as soon as it is installed and configured.


HexaTier is a software-based solution.




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