Feeds

IBM ships tape with hardware crypto

First to market, but a pricey solution to lost tapes

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

IBM has built public key encryption into its TS1120 tape drive, allowing the 500GB drive to encrypt and decrypt data on the fly in hardware.

The TS1120 isn't cheap, at almost £19,000 a pop, but could be worth it if you're worried about your tapes falling off a lorry - plus it should be faster than encrypting in software on the server. Tape encryption keys are managed centrally, either by Tivoli Storage Manager or a separate IBM key management application.

Older TS1120 drives can be upgraded to add encryption - that's not free though, as it involves new hardware and microcode. The TS1120 can be used with assorted IBM mainframes and servers, as well as with Windows, Unix and Linux systems, and it can be shared via a SAN.

IBM claims it is "the first fully encrypting drive" but it's not the only solution to the problem - companies such as SpectraLogic have built encryption into tape libraries, while the likes of Decru (now owned by NetApp) and Neoscale offer appliances that encrypt data before it is written to tape.

Encryption is also part of the LTO-4 spec - LTO-4 drives are due later this year.®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Ellison: Sparc M7 is Oracle's most important silicon EVER
'Acceleration engines' key to performance, security, Larry says
Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables
Database kingpin lists 32 products that can't be patched (yet) as GNU fixes second vuln
Ello? ello? ello?: Facebook challenger in DDoS KNOCKOUT
Gets back up again after half an hour though
Hey, what's a STORAGE company doing working on Internet-of-Cars?
Boo - it's not a terabyte car, it's just predictive maintenance and that
Troll hunter Rackspace turns Rotatable's bizarro patent to stone
News of the Weird: Screen-rotating technology declared unpatentable
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.