Hifn announced the addition of two members of its Express DR card family, the Express DR 250 and 255, designed to accelerate data deduplication and data reduction applications. The Express DR 250/255 hardware accelerated data deduplication cards use built-in SHA-1 or MD5 hashing algorithms and single-pass LZS 2.5:1 data compression (on average) with an optional encryption engine. The 250 Mbps throughput of the Express DR 250/255 is ideally suited for IP SAN and NAS appliances running data-de-duplication. The new products are offered in a full height PCI-X 64 bit slot or a low-profile, four-lane PCI-e form factor respectively. Express DR 250/255 cards also support a full complement of hardware-advantaged, data security and authentication function combined with AES 256 bit encryption (Advanced Encryption Standard) at over 250 MBps to support real-time protection of sensitive data. It also provides a high-quality hardware ANSI X9.17 random number generator. According to the company, data deduplication can deliver data reduction that is more than an order of magnitude greater than traditional byte-oriented lossless data compression techniques alone. The Express DR250/255 cards are available at an MSRP of $1,195.00.