Decru and Nishan Work Together to Secure Data in Storage

Decru, Inc. and Nishan Systems recently announced that the Decru DataFort(TM) FC440 security appliance and the Nishan IPS 3300 and 4300 IP storage switches are fully interoperable. The combination of Nishan’s IPS 3300/4300 IP switches with Decru’s DataFort allows enterprises to securely expand access to their SAN infrastructure, protecting data both in flight and at rest.

A geographically distributed Fiber Channel storage area network (SAN) offers significant benefits, including remote tape backup, remote tape vaulting, asynchronous and synchronous disk mirroring and disaster recovery. However, when expanding access to SAN resources across a WAN, security becomes a critical consideration. Incorporating the Decru DataFort ensures that all data is fully encrypted in storage, and that only authorized remote hosts can
access and decrypt the data. Applications for the combined Decru/Nishan solution include:

  • Companies can now securely extend their storage infrastructures
    across IP networks to share data with remote divisions, partners, or
  • Disaster recovery programs require offsite data storage for mission
    critical information, but increase the risks of unauthorized access
    to the data. By deploying a DataFort in front of Nishan IPS switches
    that connect primary storage with a mirrored remote site, data is
    fully protected in primary storage, across the IP connection to the
    remote location, and at the mirrored site.

The testing, which took place at the Nishan interoperability lab,
simulated several deployment scenarios within IP and SAN
environments. In one example, Decru DataFort was placed between a
host and the Nishan IPS switch, so only encrypted data was sent over
IP and storage networks. This scenario protects data both in transit
and at rest in storage. The storage devices used in the test
environment included the XIOtech Magnitude and HDS Lightning 9900.

“The interoperability of Nishan storage switches with our security
appliance confirms our commitment to help enterprises to safely
store, share and manage data while keeping it fully protected,” said
Dan Avida, President and CEO of Decru. “We are pleased to be working
with Nishan to assist customers in deploying our technology within
their existing networks.”

“By working with Decru, we can help customers better leverage their
investment in a storage network by securely broadening access to
data,” said Bob Russo, CEO of Nishan Systems. “Demonstrating
interoperability between Decru’s DataFort and Nishan’s switches lets
our customers know that they can easily equip their storage networks
with these products and rest assured that their data is securely

Decru DataFort

The Decru DataFort (TM) FC440 solves the problem of secure data storage
with robust, wire-speed encryption and authentication appliances that
fit transparently into any SAN storage environment, protecting data
from both internal and external threats.

The DataFort appliance
allows enterprises to conquer storage security challenges – most
significantly, protecting data in storage from unauthorized access,
but also securing backup media and protecting disaster recovery sites.

Nishan IP Storage Switches

Nishan IP Storage switches support Fibre Channel switching, Gigabit
Ethernet switching, and wire-speed conversion between Fibre Channel
and Gigabit Ethernet. Interfaces can be configured to support iSCSI
end systems, Fibre Channel end systems, or Fibre Channel SANs. The
multi-protocol switches also support, via iSCSI or iFCP, remote
storage links of any distance across high-speed IP networks.

They can be used to connect existing Fibre Channel SANs through a standard
E_Port interface or to build an IP SAN fabric that integrates Fibre
Channel and iSCSI devices with data center, metro-area, or wide-area
IP networks.

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