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Brocade and Thales Integrate TEMS with Brocade Encryption SAN

Brocade and Thales Announce Integration of Thales Encryption Manager for Storage with Brocade Encryption Switching Solutions

Industry's First Standards-Based Encryption Key Management Appliance and Leading Encryption SAN Switching Solutions Deliver Simplified, Cost-Effective Storage Encryption

San Jose, California, USA and. Cambridge, United Kingdom. October 27, 2009.

Brocade and Thales today announced the integration of Thales Encryption Manager for Storage (TEMS) with the Brocade encryption SAN switching solutions. The combination of TEMS, the industry's first standards-based encryption key management appliance for storage, and the Brocade encryption SAN switching solutions protect enterprise data and helps organizations meet growing compliance demands. The solution cost-effectively simplifies the storage encryption process by eliminating the need for storage professionals to deploy multiple storage encryption systems and helps ensure safe and reliable data access.

The Brocade Encryption Switch and Brocade FS8-18 Encryption Blade are part of a family of fabric-based encryption platforms that helps organizations meet their security and corporate governance objectives by encrypting critical corporate data with high performance and centralized fabric management. These leading-edge solutions offer an innovative approach to fabric-wide encryption for data-at-rest within the data center. The Brocade encryption SAN switching solutions provide encryption for both disk and tape storage systems.

The Brocade encryption SAN switching solutions are tightly integrated with TEMS, a ready-to-use appliance that consolidates and automates the management of encryption keys for storage systems in a transparent manner — delivering unified, fine-grained, and auditable encryption key security controls. This solution enables organizations to adopt storage encryption with the confidence that their encryption keys are under control and secured in a cost-effective management system.

Brocade and Thales are committed to the development and adoption of open standards. TEMS is the first key manager to support the draft IEEE P1619.3 key management specification. Subsequent releases will also support the recently announced OASIS KMIP key management standard, originally co-authored by Thales.

"Our Hitachi data resilience solution is comprised of industry-leading technologies and services designed to protect and preserve customers' critical business information. It does this wherever the data resides, and as it grows and transforms," said Asim Zaheer, vice president of Corporate and Product Marketing at Hitachi Data Systems. "Standards-based data encryption solutions from Brocade and Thales integrated with Hitachi Data Systems storage systems will help organizations preserve the integrity of their sensitive information. The solutions also enable compliance with corporate and regulatory policies throughout the data's lifecycle."

"Encrypting sensitive information has become a security requirement for organizations across all industries, especially as data breaches continue to make headlines. Establishing standards like IEEE P1619.3 and KMIP is a significant first step toward simplifying encryption key management, but it is up to leading vendors to offer solutions that support these standards," said Jon Oltsik, principal analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. "Thales and Brocade have taken this important step by integrating TEMS with the Brocade encryption switching solutions, enabling organizations to seamlessly deploy storage encryption without concern over key management requirements such as reliability and data recoverability. This partnership demonstrates the continued momentum of KMIP and other industry standards, and should help accelerate the adoption of encryption for stored information as companies continue to bolster their security initiatives."


The Brocade encryption SAN switching solutions recently received FIPS 140-2 level 3 validation, a standard defined by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology and the most widely adopted security benchmark for cryptographic solutions in government and commercial enterprises. Thales Encryption Manager for Storage will undergo evaluation for FIPS 140-2 level 3 certification. These certifications help provide the assurance that the products have been developed in accordance with internationally recognized best practices and demonstrate a continued commitment to developing comprehensive, robust solutions designed to meet the highest levels of security testing.


Brocade Encryption SAN Switching Solutions and Thales Encryption Manager:

About Thales

Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Space, Defence, Security, and Transportation markets. In 2008, the company generated revenues of 12.7 billion euros with 68,000 employees in 50 countries. With its 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop, and deploy equipment, systems, and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers as local partners. For more information, visit

About Brocade

Brocade develops extraordinary networking solutions that enable today's complex, data-intensive businesses to optimize information connectivity and maximize the business value of their data. For more information, visit

[Announcement source from Brocade, and Thales]

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See related discussion in: (1) Cryptographic Key Management; (2) OASIS Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP) Committee.

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