Sun Microsystems has beefed up the security of its network computers with two improved Sun Crypto Accelerator (SCA) boards that provide hardware-based cryptography.
By implementing the cryptography directly in silicon rather than through software algorithms, the SCA 500 and SCA 4000 components can improve data throughput rates.
"IT managers need fast, secure cryptography solutions in two key areas," said Andy Ingram, Sun's vice president of processors and networking products, in a statement.
"Virtual private network/internet protocol security to transfer data between locations, and secure sockets layer for secure web transactions and communications, internet/intranet portals and encrypted email.
"The SCA 4000 extends our crypto family and enhances the performance of Sun's secure applications, including the Solaris operating system."
The Unix giant claimed that its SCA 4000 board is the first crypto accelerator device to achieve a session establishment rate of 4,300 operations per second.
Sun's Crypto Accelerator 4000 board is priced at $4,200 (£2,673) and the Sun Crypto Accelerator 500 board is priced at $695. Both will be available in the second quarter of 2003.
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