The SSN-16 card's I/O Accelerator engine uses a combination of compression and block protocol acceleration techniques to enhance performance and reduce bandwidth requirements for backup and replication of data over a MAN and WAN.
The card's encryption module encrypts data-at-rest on heterogeneous SAN-attached tape backup devices or virtual tape libraries, which are arrays that emulate tape libraries for accelerating backups and keeping backup data online for longer periods of time. The encryption module includes secure key management that can be integrated with enterprise -wide lifecycle key managers.
The SAN Extension over FCIP engine connects two or more SAN fabrics securely over an FCIP WAN link, allowing the use of standard Ethernet switches to transmit block-level data for business continuity or disaster recovery.
Christian Teeft, senior director of product engineering for NTT America, said in a statement that his company's a fast-growing service provider and its SAN infrastructure needs to be agile, making Cisco's services-oriented SAN fabric "ideal for us."
"LUN migration, LUN erasure, data encryption and high performance replication and backup between data centers are all essential storage services, and Cisco can add value to all of them with their fabric-based deployment model," he said.
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