Tarari Working To Speed Up Security Apps

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An Intel spin-off is building specialized processing engines to accelerate antivirus scanning in the network and on servers.

Tarari is developing what it calls content processors, which would be deployed in networking devices and servers to speed antivirus and other security applications. The company, based here, also aims to accelerate XML-based Web services.

Tarari, which spun off from Intel's Network Processing Group and is set to officially launch this week, is an independent firm with $13 million in funding from Crosspoint Venture Partners and XMLFund. Intel Capital, Intel's corporate venture arm, also has an equity investment in Tarari.

The company plans to ship its first ASIC-based product, an engine for antivirus acceleration later this year, said Randy Smerik, Tarari president and CEO and former general manager of Intel's Network Equipment division.

Tarari is currently targeting networking and server OEMs, but the company plans to partner with VARs and systems integrators, which could integrate the products into customers' systems, by the second quarter of next year, he said.

Antivirus network appliance vendor Ositis plans to add Tarari's technology to its products, said Vilis Ositis, president and CEO of the Pleasanton, Calif.-based company. "This would make gigabit-speed antivirus a reality."

Steven Palange, president and CEO of TLIC Worldwide, a Boston-based solution provider that sells antivirus products, said vendors typically say there is a trade-off between better security and throughput.

"This very well sounds like it could resolve that issue," he said of Tarari's technology.

Wayne Pierce, security engineer at Mishre Advisory Group, a security consultancy in Melrose, Mass., said Tarari could help companies that transfer large files save time. However, many companies already have enough processing power with dedicated antivirus systems, he said.

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