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Ingrian Secures SQL Server

In another step away from its original charter, Ingrian Networks Inc. has added SQL Server to the list of databases protected by its DataSecure Platform appliances (see Ingrian Announces Security Appliance).

The four-year-old Redwood, Calif.-based vendor began life providing Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption for Web traffic -- and still has most of its customers in that area. Two years ago, though, as companies such as Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: CHKP) crowded the field, management decided to focus where it could make more impact.

Enter DataSecure, a series of hardware/software devices that connect via Ethernet to servers, as well as NAS and SAN devices, to encrypt data within applications or databases, then store and manage the encryption keys. The products work with Unix and Windows, encrypting data in Oracle, DB2, and now SQL Server databases, down to the field and column level. The company says its appliances let customers consolidate database security and centralize its management.

Ingrian competes with a range of vendors, including network-based appliance providers like Decru Inc. and NeoScale Systems Inc., as well as security software from the likes of Netegrity Inc. It claims to have the best features of both types of products -- the improved performance claimed by hardware-based companies, and the level of granularity that software providers boast.

At a base price of $32,500, Ingrian appears to compete most closely, however, with the likes of Decru, whose DataFort appliances start at about $30,000.

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