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Issue Date: June 2007

Workgroup announces free key management with LTO4

14 June 2007

Workgroup's Spectra Logic division has announced support for LTO 4, including LTO4 drive-based encryption, in the T50, T120 and T950 libraries.
"LTO4 encryption requires a key management solution to be in place to manage the encryption keys," says Dean Healy, Spectra Logic product manager at Workgroup. "Customer research shows that key management is one of the most pressing concerns when dealing with encrypted data and Spectra Logic has answered this call by extending BlueScale Encryption's key management to now manage LTO4 encryption keys as well as library generated encryption keys."
For over a year, Spectra Logic has been shipping library-based encryption and key management for enhanced data security. Spectra's Endura Key Management is a key management solution that is fully integrated with a tape library, has proven ease-of-use and an affordable cost point and this key management is now extended to support LTO4 drive-based encryption, says Healy.
Spectra Logic offers two levels of key management: BlueScale Encryption Standard Edition is a secure solution designed for simplicity and is offered at no charge; Professional Edition has all the security of Standard Edition while also offering more extensive key management options for environments with rigorous key management standards. Both Standard and Professional Edition offer fully secure key management for both drive- and library-based encryption of backed up data.
These LTO4 Fibre Channel drives are available now from Workgroup, offering 1,6 TB compressed capacity per tape, 240 MB/s data transfer rate, WORM capability and the new drive encryption option.
"It makes sense that secure data protection strategies must include encryption that is affordable and simple to implement and that backup encryption should be accessible to all organisations," says Healy.
"BlueScale Encryption with LTO4 is designed to fit any size budget and all levels of key management requirements."


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