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NetApp and Brocade Strengthen Data Centres With New Storage Security Solution

NetApp and Brocade® today announced the general availability of a joint storage security solution that will combine the NetApp® Lifetime Key Management™ solution with fabric-based encryption technology from Brocade.
  • 24 September, 2008 11:26

<p>Joint Solution Will Enable Enterprise Customers to More Easily Encrypt, Manage, and Protect Important Corporate Data</p>
<p>SYDNEY, Australia – September 24, 2008 – NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) and Brocade® (NASDAQ: BRCD) today announced the general availability of a joint storage security solution that will combine the NetApp® Lifetime Key Management™ solution with fabric-based encryption technology from Brocade.</p>
<p>The joint NetApp and Brocade solution helps enable a whole new level of encryption performance by providing mutual customers with the ability to quickly and easily encrypt corporate data for increased security and compliance with simplified policy management. Organisations that have employed the use of point encryption products for protecting a single application or type of data in the past are now able to encrypt all their data with the unprecedented levels of performance provided by the new Brocade family of fabric-based encryption platforms. Additionally, the incorporation of NetApp technology will allow NetApp customers to operate the Brocade Encryption Switch in NetApp DataFort compatibility mode, serving as a next-generation NetApp DataFort security appliance.</p>
<p>The new offering further enhances NetApp’s leadership in the storage security market and enables data centre customers to meet their growing security needs while protecting their existing investment in NetApp security products. Furthermore, the NetApp Lifetime Key Management system, which provides long-term retention of keys, offers advanced key-sharing policy features that enable customers to define specific encryption appliance sharing groups for added flexibility and disaster recovery capabilities.</p>
<p>For Brocade, these fabric-based encryption solutions deliver on the Brocade Data Centre Fabric (DCF) architecture vision, which is designed to address the evolving needs of customers to create a more efficient, adaptable, and secure data centre. The solution will be easily deployable and manageable and provide customers with improved storage security without compromising or complicating their existing IT environment. The joint encryption solution also offers innovative, low-cost, secure device decommissioning of legacy disk arrays for making data unrecoverable to meet compliance requirements.</p>
<p>“Enterprise customers today are under more pressure than ever to meet strict government compliance regulations and ensure data security from any and all threats,” said Ian Whiting, vice president and general manager of the Brocade Data Centre Infrastructure Division. “By partnering with NetApp, we are providing our customers industry-leading encryption key management capabilities that work hand in hand with our scalable family of fabric-based encryption platforms for a complete storage security solution.”</p>
<p>The new encryption solutions are available on the Brocade Encryption Switch, a high-performance, 32-port, auto-sensing 8Gbit/sec Fibre Channel switch, and the Brocade FS8-18 Encryption Blade, which provides the same plug-in storage security services in a 16-port blade for use in the Brocade DCX® Backbone. For easier customer deployment with lower risk, the Brocade data encryption solutions can be seamlessly implemented without disruption into the fabric and applied to specified data flows. Both encryption products preserve existing and new storage investments by supporting a heterogeneous mix of networked storage systems and providing future support for virtual tape libraries and tape drives.</p>
<p>“As a result of our relationship with Brocade, we are able to offer customers a high-performance, scalable storage security solution, providing them peace of mind and assurance that their business-critical information is secured and compliant,” said Tim Russell, vice president and general manager of Storage Security Solutions at NetApp. “As the market leader in encryption key management for storage security we will continue to innovate and develop storage security solutions that our customers can trust.”</p>
<p>For more information on NetApp storage security systems, please visit</p>
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<p>- ENDS -</p>
<p>For further information, please contact:</p>
<p>Gabriel Wong</p>
<p>Max Australia</p>
<p>Tel: +61 2 9954 3492</p>
<p>About NetApp</p>
<p>NetApp creates innovative storage and data management solutions that accelerate business breakthroughs and achieve outstanding cost efficiency. Discover our passion for helping companies around the world go further, faster at</p>
<p>About Brocade</p>
<p>Brocade is a leading provider of data centre networking solutions that help organisations connect, share, and manage their information in the most efficient manner. Organisations that use Brocade products and services are better able to optimise their IT infrastructures and ensure compliant data management. For more information, visit the Brocade Web site at or contact the company at</p>
<p>Disclaimer - Forward Looking Statements</p>
<p>This press release contains “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied in the forward-looking statements. NetApp advises readers that these potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: potential fluctuations in operating results; gross margins that may vary over time; revenues may be affected by changes in IT spending levels; the ability to maintain and gain market or industry acceptance of the company's products; the company’s dependence on a limited number of customers; seasonal fluctuations and uneven sales patterns in orders from customers; the company’s ability to compete effectively with other companies; declining average unit sales prices of comparable products; a reduction in sales efforts by current distributors; dependence on sole source and limited source suppliers; sales fluctuations arising from customer transitions to new products; international economic, regulatory, political and other risks and uncertain benefits from strategic business combinations. More detailed information on these and additional factors which could affect the company's operating and financial results are described in NetApp’s Forms 10-K, 10-Q and other reports filed, or to be filed, with the Securities and Exchange Commission. NetApp urges all interested parties to read these reports to gain a better understanding of the business and other risks that the company faces. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made only as of the date hereof, and the company does not intend to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.</p>
<p>NetApp, the NetApp logo, Go further, faster, and Lifetime Key Management are trademarks or registered trademarks of NetApp, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Brocade, the B-wing symbol, DCX, Fabric OS, File Lifecycle Manager, MyView, and StorageX are registered trademarks, and DCFM and SAN Health are trademarks of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., in the United States and/or in other countries. All other brands, products, or service names are or may be trademarks or service marks of, and are used to identify, products or services of their respective owners.</p>

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