Brocade and Thales have announced the integration of their storage and encryption technologies.

The combination of Thales' Encryption Manager for Storage (TEMS) and the Brocade Encryption Switch will help protect enterprise data and help organisations meet growing compliance demands.

The companies claimed that the solution will simplify the storage encryption process by eliminating the need for professionals to deploy multiple storage encryption systems and helps ensure safe and reliable data access.

The Brocade Encryption Switch is tightly integrated with TEMS, a ready-to-use appliance that consolidates and automates the management of encryption keys for storage systems in a transparent manner - delivering unified and auditable encryption key security controls. According to the companies, this solution enables organisations to adopt storage encryption with the confidence that their encryption keys are under control and secured in a cost-effective management system.

Jon Oltsik, principal analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, said: “Encrypting sensitive information has become a security requirement for organisations across all industries, especially as data breaches continue to make headlines.

“Establishing standards like IEEE P1619.3 and KMIP is a significant first step toward simplifying encryption key management, but it is up to leading vendors to offer solutions that support these standards. Thales and Brocade have taken this important step by integrating TEMS with the Brocade encryption switching solutions, enabling organisations to seamlessly deploy storage encryption without concern over key management requirements such as reliability and data recoverability.

“This partnership demonstrates the continued momentum of KMIP and other industry standards, and should help accelerate the adoption of encryption for stored information as companies continue to bolster their security initiatives.”