Indra Networks Unveils Compression and Encryption for EMC Retrospect and Amanda

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Indra Networks introduces SC 500 and SS 500 accelerator boards that speed up compression and encryption. These boards work with EMC Retrospect and Amanda backup software. The SC 500 also works with the ZFS file system used in OpenSolaris and NexentaStor.

This is the number one headache for many administrators. Indra's SS 500 and SC 500 cards are viable and affordable options which solve this problem, while consuming very little power.

Indra Networks announces immediate availability of the SC 500 and SS 500 cards, to accelerate compression and encryption in backup software packages. In particular, EMC Retrospect and Amanda open source backup are supported.

The SC 500 and SS 500 improve upon the performance of their predecessors, at the same cost. These cards retain all of the features of their predecessors, including the use of the industry-standard 'deflate' algorithm for compression, and, in the case of the SS 500, the use of the AES encryption algorithm, with a variable 128 bit or 256 bit key. The compressed data is compatible with the common gzip and zlib software.

Unlike their predecessors, which used the PCI-X host bus, the SC 500 and SS 500 both use the PCI-Express host bus.

The SC 500 is the first StorCompress card to only offer compression, but not decompression. In data backup applications, decompression is not used very heavily, so software-based compression may suffice.

The SC 500 also has support for the ZFS file system used by OpenSolaris and NexentaStor. The NexentaStor 2.1 incorporates support for this board. In performance tests, SC 500 achieved 159% improvement in compression performance under ZFS file system over a quad core Xeon processor.

The SS 500 provides excellent throughput for encrypted backups. Since it also incorporates compression acceleration, the data can be first compressed and then encrypted. This is important because once encrypted, data is not compressible. This phenomenon slows down tape backup when encryption is enabled. SS 500 allows administrators to avoid these pitfalls and enable encrypted backups without loss of performance. For example, under Retrospect, compression with SS 500 is 92% faster than compression in software on a quad core Xeon processor.

"Since many businesses now run 24-7, backup windows have been shrinking continually, but the amount of data to be backed up increases constantly", says Monish Shah, CEO of Indra Networks. "This is the number one headache for many administrators. Indra's SS 500 and SC 500 cards are viable and affordable options which solve this problem, while consuming very little power."

SC 500 and SS 500 are available immediately. For purchasing information, contact Indra Networks via

About Indra Networks:
Indra Network is a pioneer in hardware compression technology and is focused on providing high ROI solutions for the storage industry with a special emphasis on Disk-To-Disk backup, Disk-to-Disk-To-Tape backup, and data archival applications. Indra's core technology consists of application specific coprocessors that perform standards-based gzip/zlib compression for optimum performance and utilization of network systems. Indra's products are OEMed by a number of equipment manufacturers such as Radware, Array Networks, Coyote Point Systems and Unitrends Corporation. Founded in 2000, Indra Networks is headquartered in San Jose, California, and has R&D offices in Pune, India. For more information about Indra Networks, call (408)-757-1961 or visit the Company's Web site at

© 2009, Indra Networks, Inc. All rights reserved. All trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. SC 500 and SS 500 are trademarks of Indra Networks, Inc.


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