Decru OpenKey Partner Programme launches

June 6, 2006 - Decru, a NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) company, today announced the Decru OpenKey partner programme, which provides a business and technology framework for development of standards-based, multiparty encryption solutions. Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) and Quantum Corp. (NYSE:DSS) have joined as charter members of the Decru OpenKey partner programme.

Responding to customer demand for greater security, many storage and data management vendors have announced plans to incorporate encryption and security features into their products. For large enterprises, however, the prospect of operating proprietary key management systems for every system and vendor presents substantial challenges.

To address these challenges, Decru has also announced new application programming interfaces (APIs) for the Decru Lifetime Key Management 3.0 appliance to enable centralised, standards-based key management services for multiple third-party encryption systems across the enterprise. For more details on DataFort, see www.netapp.com/us/products/storage-security-systems/datafort. The Decru OpenKey programme provides partners with the standards-based APIs, developer kits, reference implementations, and technical support to facilitate development of interoperable encryption and key management solutions. The OpenKey program builds upon Decru's unique role as an independent security vendor to facilitate development and standards cooperation among competing data management vendors.

Emerging storage security standards provide a starting point for development of interoperable encryption systems, but standards provide only a starting point. Successful integration and support of these systems requires a great deal of sustained vendor cooperation. Decru is the first storage security vendor to combine open key management with a full line of enterprise-class storage security solutions, enabling unified security across enterprise NAS, DAS, IP SAN, FC SAN, disk-based data protection, and tape environments.

Kevin Brown, vice president of Marketing at Decru said: "We are excited to announce Symantec and Quantum as charter members of the Decru OpenKey partner program. Decru, Symantec and Quantum have already taken a leading role in defining storage security standards, and the OpenKey partner programme provides a framework to ensure maximum interoperability among vendors."

Decru OpenKey Partner Program
The ultimate goal of the Decru OpenKey program is to help enterprise customers simplify the daunting security requirements for heterogeneous data management environments. By enabling centralised, secure key management for data encryption at multiple layers - including content management, applications, fabric, and storage devices - Decru has expanded the value it can offer enterprise customers.

Rick Huebsch, vice president of the Veritas NetBackup product line at Symantec said: "The convergence of storage and security is becoming a growing reality for leading IT organisations around the world. The Decru Lifetime Key Management 3.0 appliance is an attractive hardware-based complement to Symantec's native security features and we will jointly work toward developing and adopting open standards for APIs with NetBackup as a market leader in security-enabled data protection."

To further complement this vendor initiative and ensure interoperability at mutual customer sites, the NetBackup support of the Decru DataFort appliance is in process and planned by Q3 CY2006.

Rob Pickell, vice president of worldwide marketing for Quantum said: "Quantum has taken a leadership position in delivering a comprehensive security framework for backup, recovery and archive based on controls governing physical access, administrative access and data access - which includes our recently announced reseller relationship with Decru. Our companies are working closely together to address customers' key management challenges by exploring collaborative solutions that achieve tighter integration of security and storage."

Commitment to Standards
Decru strives to incorporate emerging and accepted standards in its implementations, to ensure best practices and to maximise interoperability. Decru has been heavily involved in industry standards development efforts in the area of storage security. Decru's participation on standards committees includes:
  • IEEE P1619: Decru co-authored the emerging P1619 storage security standard, and implemented many of the critical data-at-rest security features three years ago.

  • ANSI T10: Decru has contributed proposals for enhancing key security and authentication.

  • TCG: Decru is as a Contributor Member of the Trusted Computing Group, and participates in multiple committees.

About Decru
Decru, a NetApp company, is the leader in storage security. Decru solutions enable enterprise-wide secure data management, and address critical business requirements including privacy, regulatory compliance, intellectual property protection, and internal controls. Decru provides security solutions to many of the world's largest enterprise and government customers.

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