PCI-Express-Based Card targets network security applications.

Press Release Summary:

Express DS 255 features built-in lossless compression and can process SSL, IPsec, and DTLS protocols at over 400 K packets/sec up to 2 Gbps, while supporting 200 K individual encryption/compression sessions. Packets for multiple protocols can be intermixed at random with no degradation in performance. Encryption is provided using Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), triple DES, and ARC4; Public Key algorithms include RSA, DH, and DES; and board includes random number generator.

Original Press Release:

Hifn Unveils New Data Security Card for Next-Generation Network Security Applications

Hifn Extends Leadership with New High-Performance, Low-Profile, PCI-Express-based Security Card

LOS GATOS, Calif., Jan. 22 / / -- Hifn(TM) (NASDAQ:HIFN), the catalyst behind storage and networking innovation, today announced immediate availability of the Express DS 255, the industry's highest-performance, lowest-power and smallest form-factor data security card. Delivering the strongest industry-standard encryption for securing data-in-transit, the Express DS 255, easily handles today's encryption requirements and enables the next-generation network security applications.

"With this new product, Hifn is not only accelerating and optimizing multi-protocol encryption, but providing a form factor that simplifies use and installation," said John Muir, managing partner of Trusted Strategies, a consulting and research firm specializing in IT security. "Although protecting data-in-transit through strong encryption is now mandatory, doing so while maintaining high-throughput of mixed protocol traffic has been quite a challenge. Systems designers struggling with this problem will find that the DS 255 really delivers."

Customers also benefit from Hifn's unique hardware-advantaged, lossless compression that is built-into the card. Using the compression feature, customers can optimize their bandwidth by reducing the amount of data that is transmitted throughout and across the network with zero defect-data. The Express DS 255 minimizes development risk by providing an off-the-shelf solution for network security and bandwidth optimization.

When applied to network security applications, the Express DS 255's accelerated performance can process SSL, IPsec and DTLS protocols at over 400K packets per second up to 2 Gbps. Packets for multiple protocols can be intermixed at random with no degradation in performance. A multi-protocol VPN gateway is an ideal application where the Express DS 255 can be used for both IPsec and SSL VPN connections. The versatility built into the Express DS 255 will also support over 200K individual encryption/compression sessions in high connectivity networking applications, such as 4G wireless Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN).

"Adding market-leading security and data reduction to a product has never been easier," said Mike Goldgof, vice president of product marketing at Hifn. "We have leveraged Hifn's leadership in security processors and our compression expertise to deliver the next generation data security card. With the DS 255, implementing encryption is easy and utilizing compression for network bandwidth optimization is a two for one benefit for our customers."

The Express DS 255 offers a full suite of high-security, hardware-based, encryption algorithms. Symmetric encryption is provided using the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), triple DES and ARC4. Public Key algorithms include RSA, DH and DES. Additionally, message authentication is handled through SHA-1, MD-5. The board also includes a high-quality hardware random number generator, which can be used for keys and nonces in a variety of security protocols. The high-speed data compression capability of the DS 255 is based on Hifn's patented LZS technology, which optimizes compression throughput and compression ratio. The Express DS 255 is a production-optimized, half-height card with a PCI Express interface for compatibility with state of the art servers and appliances.

Pricing and Availability

The Express DS 255 is available now, at a manufactures suggested retail price of $1195.

About Hifn

Hifn (NASDAQ:HIFN) delivers the key channel and OEM ingredients for 21st century storage and networking environments. Leveraging over a decade of leadership and expertise in the development of purpose-built Applied Service Processors (ASPs), Hifn is a trusted partner to industry leaders for whom infrastructure innovation in storage and networking is critical to success. With the majority of secure networked communications flowing through Hifn technology, the 21st century convergence of storage and networking drives our product roadmap forward. For more information, please visit: http://www.hifn.com/.

Source: Hifn, Inc.

CONTACT: Corporate Communications of Hifn, Inc., +1-408-399-3520, press@hifn.com

Web site: http://www.hifn.com/

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