Idealstor Bolsters Encryption for Disk Backup

Idealstor upgrades its Ibac removable disk-to-disk backup appliance and introduces new encryption and system recovery capabilities.

Idealstor is introducing new encryption and system restore capabilities to coincide with the companys upgraded Ibac 3.0 removable disk-to-disk backup appliance.

Currently shipping, the new version of Ibac marks the debut of Idealstors target folder encryption and QSR (Quick System Recovery) disk options.

Target folder encryption allows administrators to choose specific data which is to be encrypted using 128-bit DESX or Triple-DES encryption through Ibac 3.0.

When an encrypted removable drive is transported from a facility, its information will be secured against all unauthorized access in transit and when it is stored off-site and at rest. The data can only be retrieved by its generated encryption key, notes Ben Ginster, channel marketing manager for Gaithersburg, Md.-based Idealstor.

Furthering Ibacs security functionality, Ginster said that Idealstor is currently developing a CDP (continuous data protection) module that should be available by April.

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The product will offer real-time backup and up-to-the-minute snapshots of data, and will be designed to work in close tandem with Idealstors SAM (server aliasing module), providing failover for Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Exchange.

The appliances new QSR option allows customers to perform bare metal restores of any downed server systems using a bootable disk featuring a bare bones copy of Microsoft Windows Server 2003, as well as the Ibac software.

Once activated, Ibac can restore an enterprises full OS, applications and files rather than having to enact a complete server rebuild.

Ibac 3.0 is configured to and only features support for Windows server environments. The product can use any capacity parallel ATA disk, meaning its system can span from 100G bits up to native 4TB.

In addition, customers using Ibac can move data that has backed up onto tape for archival purposes. For example, data can be moved over to removable media for off-site purposes.

Dan Castaldo, director of IT for Great Neck, N.Y.-based Next Generation Radiology, said he plans to upgrade his systems to Ibac 3.0 before the end of January.

He said the products new encryption muscle will help his medical imaging facility organization better respond to compliance demands spawned by HIPAA (Health Information Portability and Accountability Act).

Castaldo is using Ibac to back up his PAX system, RISS (radiology information system), document management and SQL Server data residing on tape from three separate facilities.

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All medical images are stored and archived in a central repository and can be instantly accessed by authorized personnel from a local workstation.

Due to the massive size of imaging software being saved, Castaldo estimates that his storage capacity will shortly expand up to 4TB.

"With what were doing requiring HIPAA compliance, thats why the [Ibac] 3.0 upgrade is so important for me. Right now if someone pulls one of those [removable] drives, they have medical records access. Once that data is encrypted, its secure," said Castaldo, who runs Ibac to backup.

"I have to comply with HIPAA and this is just the last element of that," he added.

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