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Hifn Targets iSCSI Security

With Storage Networking World happening the same week as the RSA Conference, you had to figure somebody would make an announcement combining the two.

Lo and behold, chip vendor Hifn Inc. (Nasdaq: HIFN) has brought out two processors, the HIPP III 4300 and 4350, targeted at the storage market.

Hifn chose to have a booth and demonstration at SNW in Phoenix while sending a smaller, informal posse to RSA. That's because the new chips really are a storage gig, targeting the use of IPSec in iSCSI storage systems. IPSec which is a mandatory part of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)'s iSCSI specification, and Hifn claims to be the first vendor to deliver chips specifically for this market (see iSCSI Gets Go-Ahead).

"Given the launch of this chip, we thought [SNW] was a better venue," says Bob Doud, product line director for Hifn.

Doud is part of the NetOctave team acquired by Hifn in September (see Hifn Snaps Up NetOctave). For $2.2 million, Hifn picked up 15 engineers and a 3,600-square-foot design center in Framingham, Mass., according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The rest of NetOctave's assets were sold to CyberGuard Corp. in January 2003.

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