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Hifn Hitches Storage to Security

Hifn is looking to encrypt data at rest by fusing iSCSI SAN software with data acceleration cards, aiming the combined solution at storage OEMs.

Launched last month, the DR 250 and DR 255 acceleration cards -- basic building blocks of the new solution -- contain AES 256-bit encryption and are designed for VPN vendors looking to speed up their wares.

We have been using [the cards] in the communication space; now we’re using them in the storage arena,” says John Matze, Hifn’s vice president of business development, explaining the recent decision to bundle the cards with Hifn’s Swarm iSCSI software. “We’re putting security on our iSCSI targets. As the data is written to disk, we encrypt it, so all the data is encrypted in case the system is lost or stolen." The bundle is geared toward “your typical tier one and two” storage OEMs.

Matze confirmed that the vendor is in discussions with a number of potential OEM partners, but was unwilling to name any of the firms involved. ”I am allergic to orange jumpsuits,” quipped the exec, but he added that the software/hardware bundle will eventually be targeted at end-users looking to lock down data in branch offices.

FalconStor, Sepaton, and HP already OEM adapter cards from Hifn, and Cisco OEMs the vendor’s network processing chips.

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