Kasten Chase Rolls Out SAN Encryption Option

With Assurency SecureData, data is encrypted before it goes into the SAN.

PHOENIX—Storage administrators at Storage Networking World here Tuesday saw a new SAN encryption option, Assurency SecureData, announced by Kasten Chase Applied Research Ltd.

Assurency SecureData uses a 2U rack-mounted server, agent software and PCI cards in a storage area networks servers, and agent software in switches, said Hari Venkatacharya, senior vice president of the Mississauga, Ontario, company.

Data is encrypted before it goes into the SAN, he said. Other products use an appliance inside the SAN, which means data is vulnerable en route, he noted.

The system is available now starting at about $30,000, and uses 128- and 256-bit AES encryption, plus certificate-based authentication, he said. It runs on Linux and Solaris servers, with a Windows version available soon.

Agent software on the switches conducts the authentication back to the server, Venkatacharya explained. "This focuses on Fibre Channel SANs. We are developing a NAS [network-attached storage] version that is iSCSI-based. We will be deploying that in the near future," he said.

The product was co-developed with San Jose, Calif.-based Brocade Communications Systems Inc., Venkatacharya said, and certification with several other switch and storage makers is under way.

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