McDATA Corporation, a leader in open, ultra-high availability storage network solutions, staged its first demonstration of SANtegrity Authentication at Storage Network World in Orlando, Fla. SANtegrity Authentication builds intelligence into the fabric and enables customers to significantly increase the security of their storage networks. SANtegrity Authentication is based upon the interoperable authentication protocol, DH Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP), which after a unanimous vote by the Fibre Channel Security Protocol standards group (FC-SP), was mandated as the Fibre Channel standard for security in storage networks.

"Security in storage networks is not a product but a solution that fills a key concern that customers face today," says Jamie Gruener, senior analyst for the Yankee Group. "Features in McDATA’s SANtegrity provide end-users with real value and true open solutions because they leverage current best practices, are developed with partners and are based on mandated standards. CHAP is a great technique for authentication because customers have deployed the technology today and understand how it works and how to manage it."

McDATA’s SANtegrity Security Suite is a customer-focused solution that balances security technologies, best practices in enterprise-wide storage security and end-to-end tested solutions that enable security-conscious enterprises to improve business continuity, information confidentiality and system and data integrity in their storage networks.

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