SQL Server TDE (Transparent Data Encryption) alternatives

TDE (Transparent Data Encryption) is an inbuilt encryption feature of SQL Server Enterprise Edition introduced by Microsoft from SQL server 2008 onwards, this comes in handy when someone has to secure the PII (Personal Identifiable Information) from prying eyes, as it is Enterprise Edition feature only hence comes with a premium price. So while I got a request to analyze implementation of it on more than 200+ SQL standard edition then first thing which has big monetary impact was license cost to convert standard to enterprise, hence the idea was dropped and search started for third party equivalents of TDE which can provide feature as good as TDE but are cost effective to organization, below are few tools which were identified during my research,


Note: at time of writing this article no one of these are tested or implemented, it’s just a first had search and includes some feedback available in other online community. This will save some time for people who are on same ship as I was,





Please leave comments if there is anything should be added to above list or have feedback about any one of already listed!

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About the Author: Nitin G

Indian born, trekker, biker, photographer, lover of monsoons. I've been working full time with SQL Server since year 2005 and blogs to post the content aquired during my research on new topics or fixing issues faced by me as a DBA while working in different kind of projects, hope some of my posts may helps others in SQLDBA community. Everything you read on my blog is my own personal opinion and any code is provided "AS-IS" with no warranties!

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