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Different Strokes for Securing Storage

Oltisk says storage security companies employ distinct methods that ultimately secure stored data. Decru, NeoScale, and Kasten Chase make devices that intercept bits of data, while Vormetric secures both the server and the storage. Ingrian secures bits at the database and applications level, but not at the storage layer.

Dan Avida, CEO of Redwood City, Calif.'s Decru, believes that "hostile insiders" are more of a threat to stored data than outside hackers. That's why his DataFort appliance is designed to encrypt data, making it accessible to only those with authorized access. Being entirely hardware-based, he adds, isn't easy.

Avida says DataFort combines AES encryption, layered authentication, and key management with an architecture designed to protect data in SAN, NAS , DAS, and backup environments, and costs $30,000 to start for a file server, disk array, or tape implementation.

Mountain View, Calif.-based Vormetric goes about securing storage a different way, according to co-founder and vice president of partner development Phil Grasso, who positions his company's CoreGuard security appliance as unique in that it combines host protection, data encryption, and access control to protect the network core.

"Our product has a mechanism to guarantee secure servers using storage encryption," says cofounder, executive vice president, and CTO Duc Pham.

"The difference between our tech versus other [storage security vendors] is that we protect data in storage with a centralized security product and management. We offer enforcement that sits where the threat is and policy management, which is done by the security appliance," Pham continues.

Grasso and Pham recommend users purchase two CoreGuard appliances to span heterogeneous environments for $39,500.

ESG's Oltsik, who has studied products from all of the major storage security vendors, won't claim a favorite. It's partly because of this that he doesn't see the market as being as lucrative as people might think. Also, many businesses don't have the extra money to spend on security hardware that costs $30,000 to $40,000 for a platform.

Because of this, he anticipates a shakeout in the small sector, leaving the top one or two storage security vendors standing. The analyst says he imagines a scenario in which storage fabric vendors such as Brocade Communications Systems , McDATA , or Cisco Systems could scoop up any one of the companies.

Oltsik also says it's feasible that security vendors such as Symantec or RSA might throw their hats into the ring because of the quality of encryption and authentication in their products.

After all, he continues, the products are of high quality, owing to the fact the companies were founded by security experts.

Feature courtesy of internetnews.com.

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