NeoScale supports 4Gbps Fibre Channel

By Ann Silverthorn

—NeoScale has added a 4Gbps Fibre Channel model to its line of tape security appliances. The company also introduced a second-generation security appliance that secures data to SCSI-attached tape drives.

The new Fibre Channel CryptoStor Tape FC712 and SCSI CryptoStor SC702 both integrate with NeoScale's open key-management appliance, the CryptoStor KeyVault. In addition to tape encryption appliances, NeoScale offers encryption appliances for hard disk systems.

NeoScale favors an appliance approach to encryption rather than approaches that use backup software or storage devices. Dore Rosenblum, NeoScale's vice president of marketing, says backup software-based encryption slows performance because the software is burdened with the task of both compressing and encrypting. Rosenblum also believes that software-based key management is primitive and that those types of solutions don't scale well in enterprise environments.

As for storage-device approaches, such as those on tape drives, Rosenblum claims that those solutions show better performance and are invisible to the application, but the key management locks users into a single vendor. He also states that device-level encryption requires replacement of the tape infrastructure and that product availability is sparse at this time.

"NeoScale's appliance-based solution supports any tape environment," says Rosenblum. "An encryption appliance offloads all the processing and key management from the server and encrypts data on-the-fly while supporting existing backup applications and tape drives."

The CryptoStor Tape FC712 encryption appliance has a single 4Gbps Fibre Channel port on the front-end and one on the back-end. It provides compression and encryption while managing traffic at wire speed and allows users to double the capacity of drives that can be supported on a single channel.

The CryptoStor Tape SC702 provides a 50% improvement in performance over the first-generation model. NeoScale has also added reliability features such as hot-swappable power supplies and fans.

The CryptoStor Tape SC702 appliance will be available through resellers in November for about $16,000. Release of the CryptoStor Tape FC712 is slated for the first quarter of 2007 and is expected to be priced at about $45,000.

Other NeoScale news:
NeoScale, Sepaton lock down VTL data

NeoScale enhances key management

Related encryption articles:
Security: The importance of key management, part 1

Security: The importance of key management, part 2

This article was originally published on October 30, 2006