Brocade introduces ‘industry first’ wire-speed inline encryption for modular routers

Unit said to enable ‘pervasive data privacy across public and private cloud deployments’

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Brocade introduces ‘industry first’ wire-speed inline encryption for modular routers Sakhnini: Service providers need to provide more assurance that customer data is secure from prying eyes.
By  Stephen McBride Published  February 4, 2015

Network hardware specialist Brocade today announced the launch of an MLXe modular router that the company claims is the industry's first to offer integrated native port-based encryption functionality.

Brocade said that delivering encryption embedded in-line with I/O ports, allows customers to "avoid the significant performance loss, operational complexity, and prohibitive cost associated with services blades or external appliances used for encryption".

With the launch of the MLXe router, Brocade hopes to address admins' concerns over ensuring data privacy and controlling "digital footprint".

As enterprises try to protect against data breaches, the addition of security devices severely impacts application performance and employee productivity, Brocade argues.

"For enterprises, compliance requirements and the costs, both financial and to the organisation's reputation, to identify and remedy data breaches are top concerns, as they impact the success of their business," said Yarob Sakhnini, regional director, MEMA at Brocade.

"With customers demanding more assurance that their data in-flight is secure from prying eyes, service providers are looking for ways to meet this demand and differentiate their service offerings. In the public sector, protecting government data is important to accomplishing the mission and retaining the public trust. The new security functionality from Brocade better enables comprehensive privacy for all data across campus, data centre, and wide-area networks."

Brocade has added to its what it claims is "the industry's highest level of encryption" to its MLXe family. IPsec Suite B algorithms with support for AES 256-bit keys are available via a purpose-built line module and operating system enhancements. Organisations can now deploy up to 44Gbps of wire-speed IPsec encryption per trunk and over 1Tbps per router, achieving, according to Brocade, "five times the performance at a third of the cost" of comparable solutions.

"By bringing wire-speed encryption and decryption into the router, customers can enable pervasive data privacy across their New IP initiatives while offloading their appliances, improving performance, and increasing their overall IT security profile," Sakhnini added.

The new IPsec encryption module for the Brocade MLXe, MACsec-capable modules, and supporting software are shipping now. Hardware modules that support up to 200Gbps of wire-speed MACsec encryption are priced starting at $90,000. A module that supports both IPsec and MACsec at up to 44Gbps wire-speed performance is priced at $120,000. The Brocade NetIron OS 5.8 software that enables encryption functionality on these modules is available at no additional cost to customers with a Brocade service contract.

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