PMC-Sierra Intros Encryption

PMC-Sierra introduces controller-based encryption product family for secure enterprise storage

March 12, 2008

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- PMC-Sierra, Inc. (Nasdaq:PMCS) today announced a new family of Tachyon storage protocol controllers featuring its StorClad™ encryption technology platform that significantly improves system performance, cost and manageability compared to currently available data security solutions. According to IDC, total spending on IT security hardware and software will reach $65 billion by 2010, while only a fraction of critical data is currently being secured due to the high cost and low performance of today’s software or appliance-based solutions. PMC-Sierra’s new protocol controllers with integrated data encryption, the PM8031 QE8e+ for Fibre Channel and PM8002 SPCe 8x6G for SAS/SATA, enable storage OEMs to deliver high-performance secure storage solutions without introducing costly new components or equipment into the data center (see Figures 1-3). PMC-Sierra’s StorClad controllers are capable of delivering 400,000 IOPS performance per channel at a fraction of the cost of today’s encryption appliances.

PMC-Sierra’s controllers with StorClad technology can be deployed into existing storage system infrastructures, preserving years of IT investment by eliminating the need for new and expensive disk-drive technology or external security appliances. The StorClad architecture supports the IEEE 1619.3 Key Management standard, is compatible with Key Management Servers (KMS) and works seamlessly with key management technologies from partners, such as RSA, to manage the keys and encrypt/decrypt the data through an advanced key management interface.

“It is more critical than ever for companies to increase the security and integrity of valuable information throughout the extended enterprise. In order to help our joint customers better protect their information, we are pleased to be working with PMC-Sierra through our RSA Secured technology partner program to achieve interoperability between PMC-Sierra’s Tachyon Fibre Channel and SAS controllers with StorClad encryption technology and RSA Key Manager software,” said D.J. Long, senior director, Corporate Development at RSA, The Security Division of EMC. “Our organizations are committed to help mitigate risk to sensitive information throughout its lifecycle to ensure that it is always an asset – and not a liability – in order to allow organizations to accelerate their business objectives.”

PMC-Sierra Inc.

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