IBM Launches Drive-Based Tape Encryption for SMBs

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2007-02-13 Print this article Print

Big Blue continues to fill out its tape and security product line while making smaller versions available for midtier organizations.

IBM on Feb. 13 launched what it claims is the worlds first tape library with enterprise-class encryption for SMBs and remote corporate offices. Big Blues System Storage TS3400 Tape Library brings IBMs enterprise-level System Storage TS1120 Tape Drive encryption to a broader range of users, thanks to its scaled-down size and price, an IBM spokesperson said. In recent months, IBM has added several new products to its tape storage portfolio. In December, IBM and FujiFilm teamed up to launch the first 700GB tape cartridge. In September, IBM introduced drive-based encryption on new models of the IBM System Storage TS1120 Tape Drives.
"For the first time ever, were making drive-based encryption capabilities on an enterprise-class tape drive available in a tape library solution suitable for a wide range of midsized companies," said Cindy Grossman, vice president of IBM tape storage systems in Armonk, N.Y.
Click here to read more about IBMs drive-based encryption. As well as providing enterprise-class encryption capabilities in the drives, avoiding a drain on precious host resources, IBM offers a Java Encryption Key Manager to provide flexible implementation across environments that include AIX, i5/OS, Linux, HP, Sun and Windows. Additionally, Tivoli Storage Manager provides encryption key management and key store functions for the TS1120 Tape drive, the spokesperson said, so that only authorized people can decrypt the tape drive and make decryption keys available for when and where they are needed. For larger enterprises that want to extend TS1120 capabilities from their data centers to branch or remote locations, the TS3400 provides this at a lower cost and with a small library configuration, the spokesperson said. The TS3400 also offers rapid data access technology to help manage clients backup and restore functions, a compact footprint for space-constrained environments, Web access for easy management, and a number of availability features including dual hot swappable power supplies, the spokesperson said. The TS3400 features a small form factor with a two-drive library that can hold up to 18 cartridges, allowing for smaller amounts of high-performance tape storage to be backed up in a tape library. This new tape library also supports rapid access to data, multiple media options, partitioning into two logical libraries, and 4Gbps dual port Fibre Channel attachment, the spokesperson said. The TS3400 offers various cartridge capacities with the ability to hold up to 37.8TB of compressed storage and the option for WORM storage. Pricing and availability The IBM System Storage TS3400 Tape Library will be available March 9 with a starting list price of $30,000. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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