EMC Rides Storage Security Wave

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EMC is integrating its PowerPath migration and data path management software with technology from its RSA security division, and has built a new joint platform that ties together its Voyence Control change management tool with its RSA enVision platform for security information and event management.

The two announcements, made at the RSA conference in San Francisco this week, show that the storage titan, known for high-end enterprise systems, is moving more than a few steps away from its legacy storage sector and pushing into infrastructure security technologies.

The PowerPath Encryption with RSA, available next month, adds encryption and central security management for Symmetrix and Clariion storage systems. It uses RSA Key Manager for the Datacenter to help users manage encryption keys at the database, file server and storage layers.

EMC said the enhanced tool, which boosts application availability, performance and management between servers, switches and storage, will help companies comply with the growing number of data protection mandates such as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard and protect critical information — big concerns given the data loads enterprises are handling these days.

“Information is the heart of a business. People are a core asset, but data can’t be replaced. Today’s companies are concerned about keeping their company off the front page of newspapers,” said Doc D’Errico, EMC vice president and general manager of infrastructure software.

The product announcements come two years after EMC acquired RSA for $2.1 billion. Since then, EMC has been adding RSA security software to its top-of-the-line Symmetrix storage array and other products.

Six months ago, EMC acquired Voyence, a provider of network configuration and change management solutions that automate change, compliance and activation processes.

EMC has now meshed the network ops tool into its enVision appliance in order to allow enterprises to define automated security policies as well as investigate security events.

According to EMC, automation means fewer service outages, better management of network asset configuration changes and a proactive way to evaluate security issues tied to potential network configuration changes.

“This is all about information management and bringing these two worlds together, security and network operations, and it has a significant value proposition,” said Peter Cruz, senior director of product management and strategy.

“It allows for better communication between the security team and the network ops team as policies relating to network security can conflict. It’s critical to enable secure collaboration and let the two teams work together to address shared challenges.”

Article courtesy of InternetNews.com

Judy Mottl
Judy Mottl
Judy Mottl is an experienced technology journalist who has served as a senior editor, reporter, writer, and blogger for InformationWeek, Investors Business Daily, CNET, and Information Security Magazine, as well as other media outlets.

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