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Vol. 6 No. 12 February 2008

Users still wary about LTO-4 encryption

LTO-4 tape drives, the newest incarnation of the LTO format, introduced users to drive-level encryption capabilities, as well as doubled the capacity and speed of the previous LTO generation. But users haven't wholly embraced LTO-4's encryption capabilities. In a recent Storage survey, 15% of respondents cited native encryption as their reason for upgrading to LTO-4 tape and more than a third of those using LTO-4 weren't employing the encryption. Several respondents cited concerns over key management and worries about backup software vendors not supporting encryption features. Ray Littlefield, storage administrator at Conservation International, an Arlington, VA-based nonprofit environmental group, is considering LTO-4 drives as an upgrade from his current LTO-2 setup. Encryption is enticing to Littlefield, and the main reason he's mulling over the update. "Encryption is like a rider on the insurance policy that says 'insurance against data theft too,'" writes Littlefield in an email. However, he adds, "the key consideration is ...

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