Tuesday, January 18, 2011

CipherOptics Changes to Certes Network, Plans Virtual Security Appliance

CipherOptics has changed its name to Certes Networks, launched a re-branding initiative, and moved its corporate headquarters from Raleigh, North Carolina to Pittsburgh, PA.

Certes Networks also outlined its plans for providing a secure LAN extension from the data center to both public and private cloud infrastructures. Specifically, Certes plans to support secure connectivity to the cloud with a virtual appliance that can secure data among virtual machines in the cloud. The solution will use core technology from its CipherEngine encryption product and its low-latency appliance. General release of the solution is planned for the second half of 2011.

Certes said it believes its capability to support secure connectivity, bundled with a solution for secure and transparent migration from the data center to cloud-based Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), will align with broad market adoption of the technology and will help enable the use of regulated data in cloud-based virtual environments.

"We are excited to announce our new name, Certes Networks," said Thomas Gill, the company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Derived from the French and Latin words for truth, certainty, and assurance, the new name better reflects our commitment to providing the highest levels of data security without compromising network and application performance, and is better suited to the full breadth of the markets and technologies we support."http://www.certesnetworks.com

  • Certes Networks is headed by Thomas J. Gill, who formerly served as Chief Executive Officer and President of FORE Systems, a pioneering company in ATM switching.

  • Earlier this month, CipherOptics raised $21 million for its scalable network encryption. CipherOptics offers policy and key management solutions along with wire-speed encryption appliances for securing networks without changing the underlying infrastructure or application performance. The new funding round was led by existing investor Adams Capital Management and included new investors Blue Heron Capital, Intuitive Venture Partners, Next Stage Capital, Kestrel Asset Management and other individuals joining Origin Partners and Axiom Venture Partners as investors.

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