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NeoScale Faces Up to 4-Gig Encryption

Security specialist NeoScale today is taking the wraps off a 4-Gbit/s security appliance, which the vendor claims will boost users' ability to quickly encrypt data.

With users coming under more and more compliance pressure, NeoScale is touting its two-rack-unit high CryptoStor FC 712 device as a way to lock down more data at higher speeds. (See NeoScale Claims Speedy Encryption, Regulators Rip Records Managers, and Top Tips for Compliance .) "You will now be able to support more tape drives behind a single appliance, and support native 4-Gig server speeds," says Dore Rosenblum, vice president of marketing at NeoScale.

NeoScale's current 2-Gbit/s encryption appliance, the FC 702, supports, for example, up to two LTO 3 tape drives or five LTO 2 drives, according to Rosenblum. The FC 712, he adds, links up to double the number of drives, depending on compression rates.

At least one analyst feels this will be extremely useful for firms looking to consolidate data center kit. "You don't want to end up buying multiple boxes to sit around your network," explains Jon Oltsik, senior analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group.

According to Oltsik, the 4-Gbit/s functionality will also become important as firms encrypt more and more data over the coming years. "You need some headroom and this provides it," he adds.

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