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Storage Clips: Iron Mountain calls for encryption

The storage services provider tries to lead by example by encrypting its own storage with Decru.

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Iron Mountain pushes for encryption
Iron Mountain Inc. said it was recommending appliance-based encryption, namely Decru Inc.'s DataFort appliance, to its customers to protect backup tapes in the wake of several high-profile data losses this year.

Iron Mountain is using Decru's product to encrypt approximately 10 terabytes of its production data per day, according to executive vice president and chief information officer Kevin Rodin. Rodin said the company decided to go with appliance-based encryption because of its low impact on backup windows and server performance. Iron Mountain chose the Decru product because of its key management and installation options, he said.

Rodin said the Decru box is not being used on the data customers send to Iron Mountain for archiving, and that the company had no plans to resell or directly offer Decru's services to its customers. He did say, however, that its salesmen would be recommending the product. In the end, he emphasized, Iron Mountain is not chiefly concerned with what encryption product its customers choose.

"We're trying to get people to understand that it is best practice to encrypt data before backing it up," he said.

Alabama begins negotiations with DR specialist
Strategy X Inc. announced it has begun negotiations with officials in Alabama for the chance to conduct several of the states homeland security preparedness and disaster recovery (DR) programs.

U.K. telephony company offers data retention
U.K. call center company Business Logic Systems announced the launch of a data retention and retrieval solution for Telecommunications Operators and Internet Service Providers. The InTeleStage DataPark Enterprise application is built around Intel Itanium 2, 64-bit processor and Microsoft SQL 2005 Server, and is targeted at companies in the European Union responding to new compliance legislation that requires them to retain records of phone calls and text messages for at least 12 months.

Innocor offers tester
Innocor announced that it has added 10 Gbit Fibre Channel (FC) test capabilities to its TestPoint line of test equipment products. The 10 Gbit FC TestPoint adds a sixth physical line rate of 10.5185 Gbps to Innocor's multi-rate, multi-protocol 10 Gbit test solutions. Other capabilities in the 10 Gbit offerings include 10 Gigabit Ethernet and Forward Error Correction test capabilities. The 10 Gbit FC test capabilities are available as a field upgrade to Innocor's TS-10 configuration as well as to the TS-30/TS-170 configurations.

LSI builds development center in Middle East
Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) announced that LSI Logic Corp. is establishing a semiconductor design and engineering development in its facility. The agreement between DSO and LSI Logic was signed by Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority and Wilfred J. Corrigan, chairman of the LSI Logic board of directors during a special signing ceremony at the Gulf IT Expo 2005 opening at the World Trade Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Gartner ranks GlassHouse
A Gartner Inc. survey of data storage management companies ranks GlassHouse Technologies Inc. in the top three in the market along with IBM and EMC Corp., GlassHouse announced. This was the second year in a row that GlassHouse has ranked in the top three with the two other companies. Gartner's report surveyed small and large storage professional service providers, asking each to name the second-best company in the market -- assuming they would all consider themselves number one.

Exabyte touts customer testimonials
Exabyte Corp. announced several testimonials by customers of its VXA tape backup and restore products. Examples included Raiffeisenlandesbank Karnten, a bank in Austria, which was able to read data from VXA tape drives and tapes that had been submerged in water during a flood, and Ansin Technology Group Inc., which was able to recover data from VXA drives after a power surge during a lightning storm.

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