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Multivendor Management Locked Up

NeoScale has teamed up with Symantec, Optica Technologies, and Entrust in an attempt to make good on its promise to manage encryption keys from different vendors. But whether this initiative can develop quickly enough to satisfy user demand remains to be seen.

Optica, which makes mainframe connectivity devices, and software specialist Symantec have agreed to share their encryption keys with NeoScale's KeyVault device at a time when users are clamoring for better key management from their technology suppliers. (See All Keyed Up With NeoScale and NeoScale Centralizes Management.)

At this stage, however, it is still unclear exactly when users will actually be able to make use of the key sharing features promised by NeoScale et al.

For its part, Optica will offer joint key management to its customers either later this year or in early 2007. Symantec has given no indication of when its customers will be able to store their keys on KeyVault, which handles the encryption keys associated with NeoScale's own CryptoStor appliances.

Back in March, NeoScale claimed to be the first vendor to open up its key management APIs to third parties, though archrival Decru (now part of NetApp) followed suit four months later with a similar initiative centered on its Lifetime Key Management appliance. (See Decru Picks Key Partners and File Security Gets All Cryptic.) At that time, Decru announced partnerships with Symantec and Quantum to share encryption keys -- but the vendors are still working to integrate their products.

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