HP Makes Push into Data Encryption


HP has introduced several products to address data protection and compliance in storage environments, including add-ons that do automated data encryption on tape drives and libraries. Among the offerings: a secure fabric switch; an encryption kit for tape autoloaders and libraries; integration of compliance and management appliances; and, a free online security assessment tool.

The HP C-Series MDS 9000 Storage Media Encryption (SME) fabric switch secures data stored on tape drives and virtual tape libraries in a storage area network environment. The MDS 9222i switch, one of five in the MDS 9000 series, is $83,500.

A new encryption accessory kit offers data encryption capabilities to organizations using the HP 1/8 G2 Tape Autoloader and MSL Tape Libraries with LTO-4 tape technology. The kit is expected to be available in June for $2,500 (list).

HP has integrated the StorageWorks Secure Key Manager with the Compliance Log Warehouse as part of a compliance validation solution for LTO-4 enterprise tape libraries. The combined solution centralizes event log collection and long-term retention to provide an audit trail. The HP Compliance Log Warehouse also collects the data needed to create regulatory reports for forensic investigations. The Secure Key Manager cluster has a list price of $100,000 and the Compliance Log Warehouse has a list price that starts at less than $125,000. Both are currently available.

The free Storage Security Assessment tool, available on the HP Web site, enables customers to gauge storage privacy vulnerabilities online. Customers answer a series of questions and receive a personalized report to better manage risk, protect sensitive data and comply with data privacy regulations. The tool was developed by the HP Consulting & Integration Security and Risk Management Practice.

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