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Brocade Launches New IPsec Encryption Module

Says this offering delivers encryption embedded in-line with the I/O ports

With the global importance of data privacy at an all-time high, and in recognition of Data Privacy Day, Brocade said it has launched the industry’s first native port-based encryption functionality for modular routers.

This offering delivers encryption embedded in-line with the I/O ports, enabling customers to avoid the significant performance loss, operational complexity, and prohibitive cost associated with services blades or external appliances used for encryption. The new capability better enables comprehensive privacy for all data across campus, data center, and wide area networks belonging to enterprises, service providers, and the public sector.

To protect data-in-flight between data centers, branch offices, and campus buildings, Brocade added the industry’s highest level of encryption, IPsec Suite B algorithms with support for AES 256-bit keys, to the family of Brocade MLXe routers via a purpose-built line module and operating system enhancements. The updates eliminate the need for expensive specialized switch/router encryption services blades or third-party security appliances, while also eradicating performance-inhibiting latency and complex operations that are inherent with these types of add-on devices.

Jason Nolet, SVP (Switching, Routing, and Analytics Products), Brocade, said, “By utilizing innovative, I/O-based encryption in Brocade MLXe routers, organizations can now deploy up to 44 Gbps of wire-speed IPsec encryption per trunk and over 1 Tbps per router, achieving five times the performance at a third of the cost—and without the operational complexity—of comparable solutions.”

The new IPsec encryption module for the Brocade MLXe, MACsec-capable modules, and supporting software are shipping now. Hardware modules that support up to 200 Gbps of wire-speed MACsec encryption are priced starting at $90,000. A module that supports both IPsec and MACsec at up to 44 Gbps wire-speed performance is priced at $120,000.

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