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IBM and Security First Corp., a data high availability and security company, have signed a joint development agreement aimed at delivering increased performance, security, and high data availability to storage and cloud-based computing customers.

Under the agreement, IBM and Security First will combine Security First’s patented cryptographic data-splitting technology with the highly parallelized hardware acceleration capabilities of IBM’s wire speed processor technology. Specifically, Security First’s SPxCore™, SPxBitFiler™, and SPxConnect products will be integrated directly onto IBM’s wire speed system on a chip.

“The combination of IBM’s wire speed processor technology and Security First’s cryptographic technology can deliver unparalleled cryptographic performance, throughput, and scalability for advanced security and storage applications at full network fabric line rates,” said IBM Fellow, Bijan Davari, vice-president, Next Generation Computing Systems and Technology.

 “This joint development project will unleash the full potential of being able to cost effectively support the explosion of data storage and remove barriers to cloud use,” said Mark O’Hare, CEO of Security First. “Through our combined technologies, Security First and IBM will deliver scalable data security and high availability directly to public and private sector customers that require the highest levels of secure data transmission and storage in the cloud.”

The combined cryptographic security solution from IBM and Security First is expected to be available during the first half of 2012.

IBM’s wire speed processor technology is designed to enable advanced throughput and connectivity, along with flexibility and scalability needed to meet the changing demands of workload optimized systems in data centers and across networks.

Security First’s SPxCore Cryptographic Splitting technology is a new paradigm for securing and making data highly available across networks and distributed storage solutions including public, community, hybrid, and private clouds to address key data assurance needs voiced by both governmental, Department of Defense (DoD), and commercial IT leaders. SPxCore software has been architected, developed, and documented to meet EAL4+ Common Criteria requirements of the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) program. It has five Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS 140-2) certifications, has 44 Algorithm Certificates awarded by the National Institute of Science and Technology, and has passed rigorous government and independent testing including numerous types of fuzzer testing.

Their SPxBitFiler offers data-at-rest protection with simultaneous high availability and scalability for enterprise-class storage and cloud computing. This technology creates a “Transparent File System,” cryptographically splitting information for distribution to “M of N” available storage locations, with simplified restoration without requiring decryption.

Finally, Security First’s SPxConnect secures the data transmission between remote users and web- or cloud-based applications, ensuring users that their private information is not being redirected through a malicious eavesdropping third party. SPxConnect securely splits each packet of information into multiple secure smaller packets and transmits them across an ultra-secure group of simultaneous connections. Each connection uses a separate uniquely issued certificate, establishing a Distributed Trust Model™.

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