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Startup Blends VPNs, SANs

Startup NeoScale Systems Inc. is looking to tap growing enterprise demand for both security and storage with its new CryptoStor SAN/VPN combo.

With the advent of Sarbanes-Oxley and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), users are coming under increasing pressure to secure data across metropolitan area networks (MANs). Specialized appliances that work with existing storage devices to secure that traffic are a new development.

This is the first one that I know of,” says Jon Oltsik, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group Inc. “The market that needs this are the biggest companies in the world. With all the privacy regulations, there is definitely call for this in both Europe and the U.S.”

The 2-rack-unit appliance connects to switch or storage devices on the SAN and edge devices or dark fiber on the MAN. It then uses the AES-256 encryption standard to secure the data traveling on Fibre Channel links between the devices.

NeoScale execs say that CryptoStor offers full-duplex encrypted throughput at 1 or 2 Gbit/s, although this figure is based on internal benchmarking.

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