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Brocade and EMC Collaborate to Further Simplify Enterprise Data Security and the Management of Information Risk
May 21, 2008 (08:05 AM EDT)


LAS VEGAS, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- EMC WORLD 2008 -- Brocade(R) , the leader in data center networking solutions that help enterprises connect and manage their information, and EMC Corporation , the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced a collaborative development effort that extends the scope of their longstanding relationship and will help enable data center customers to more quickly and reliably encrypt data for security and compliance purposes.

As part of this expanded alliance, the two companies plan to integrate technologies from RSA, The Security Division of EMC -- including the RSA(R) Key Manager for the Datacenter solution -- with the planned fabric-based encryption technology that Brocade is currently developing. EMC and Brocade have worked together for many years to provide customers with the latest Storage Area Network (SAN) technology. EMC currently has an OEM relationship with Brocade for its SAN switches and directors and offers them as part of its EMC(R) Connectrix(R) family.

Together, the solutions from Brocade and EMC will help provide mutual customers with an easy-to-use, highly scalable way to reduce information risk and further simplify enterprise data security. The forthcoming encryption capability from Brocade will be an integral part of the Brocade Data Center Fabric (DCF) architecture and is designed to help IT organizations protect more data with less management time and resource. The technology is designed to run significantly faster than many of today's solutions, allowing backup applications to perform at full speed and without compromise to application or user performance. Additionally, the heterogeneous nature of fabric-based encryption will allow a single encryption solution to work with backup and storage solutions from different vendors.

Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will work closely to allow this new encryption capability to interoperate with proven RSA Key Manager for the Datacenter technology. RSA Key Manager for the Datacenter is engineered as an easy-to-use, centrally administered encryption key management system that can manage encryption keys at the database, file server, and storage layer. It is designed to simplify the deployment and ongoing use of encryption throughout the enterprise and to help ensure that information is properly secured and fully accessible when needed at any point in its lifecycle.

"Fabric-based encryption can help reduce the complexity of storage encryption," said Enterprise Strategy Group Senior Analyst Jon Oltsik. "Today, administrators may manage different encryption for tape, appliances, applications, disk and more. Fabric-based encryption allows for a single, common method of encrypting of all types of data. Fabric-based encryption can also help users overcome performance issues associated with other approaches to data encryption and reduce the risk that some storage-resident data may be left exposed."

Security is an important function of the Brocade DCF architecture, which is an open framework that allows customers to adapt to the dynamics of virtualized servers and storage, while accommodating expanding application workloads and the relentless growth of corporate data. By leveraging the performance and intelligence enabled by the Brocade DCF architecture along with industry-leading security solutions from EMC, customers will be able to effectively encrypt critical corporate information to more easily achieve their security and corporate governance objectives.

"Internal policy and external regulations continue to motivate our customers to develop and adopt a holistic encryption and enterprise key management strategy to secure their sensitive data," said Dennis Hoffman, Vice President and General Manager for Data Security and Chief Strategy Officer at RSA. "We are pleased to partner with Brocade to further meet our customers' requirements for security solutions that are directly embedded into the infrastructure."

"Brocade recognizes that scalable, tightly integrated key management is an integral component of a solid enterprise-class data encryption solution," said Ian Whiting, Vice President and General Manager of the Brocade Data Center Infrastructure Division. "We believe that teaming with EMC and its RSA Security Division demonstrates our continued commitment to partnering with industry leaders to provide interoperable solutions that make customers' environments more secure and manageable."

About Brocade

Brocade is a leading provider of data center networking solutions that help organizations connect, share, and manage their information in the most efficient manner. Organizations that use Brocade products and services are better able to optimize their IT infrastructures and ensure compliant data management. For more information, visit the Brocade Web site at info@brocade.com or contact the company at .

About EMC

EMC Corporation www.EMC.com is the world's leading developer and provider of information infrastructure technology and solutions that enable organizations of all sizes to transform the way they compete and create value from their information. Information about EMC's products and services can be found at .

About RSA

RSA, The Security Division of EMC, is the premier provider of security solutions for business acceleration, helping the world's leading organizations succeed by solving their most complex and sensitive security challenges. RSA's information-centric approach to security guards the integrity and confidentiality of information throughout its lifecycle -- no matter where it moves, who accesses it, or how it is used.

RSA offers industry-leading solutions in identity assurance & access control, data loss prevention & encryption, compliance & security information management and fraud protection. These solutions bring trust to millions of user identities, the transactions that they perform, and the data that is generated. For more information, please visit www.RSA.com www.EMC.com and .

Brocade, Fabric OS, File Lifecycle Manager, MyView, and StorageX are registered trademarks and the Brocade B-wing symbol, DCX, and SAN Health are trademarks of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., in the United States and/or in other countries. RSA is either a registered trademark or trademark of RSA Security Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. EMC and Connectrix are registered trademarks of EMC Corporation. All other brands, products, or service names are or may be trademarks or service marks of, and are used to identify, products or services of their respective owners.

This release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined under the Federal Securities Laws. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to: (i) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (ii) delays or reductions in information technology spending; (iii) risks associated with acquisitions and investments, including the challenges and costs of integration, restructuring and achieving anticipated synergies; (iv) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures and new product introductions; (v) the relative and varying rates of product price and component cost declines and the volume and mixture of product and services revenues; (vi) component and product quality and availability; (vii) the transition to new products, the uncertainty of customer acceptance of new product offerings and rapid technological and market change; (viii) insufficient, excess or obsolete inventory; (ix) war or acts of terrorism; (x) the ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees; (xi) fluctuating currency exchange rates; and (xii) other one-time events and other important factors disclosed previously and from time to time in EMC's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. EMC and RSA disclaim any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.

CONTACT: Matt Buckley, RSA, The Security Division of EMC, +1-781-515-6212, matthew.buckley@rsa.com, or Jill Backstrom of Brocade, +1-720-558-4774,

Web site: http://www.emc.com/ http://www.brocade.com/ http://www.RSA.com/