Spectra Bluescale Encryption "Secures" the Big Bytes Award

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BOULDER, Colo., September 18, 2006Light Reading‘s Byte and Switch, the premier online storage networking publication, named Spectra Logic BlueScale™ Encryption the winner of the first annual Big Bytes Award in the Storage Network Security category.  Spectra’s BlueScale Encryption was selected above other category finalists EMC Documentum Information Rights Management Services and NeoScale CryptoStor KeyVault.

The Big Bytes, created to recognize excellence, innovation, and creativity in storage products, services, and implementations, were  in a ceremony last week at StoragePlus 2006 – Byte and Switch’s two-day enterprise storage conference.

“The Storage Network Security category honors devices and software specifically aimed at protecting data in storage networks,” said Terry Sweeney, editor in chief of Byte and Switch. “We congratulate Spectra Logic and the other Big Bytes winners on their selection.”

Spectra BlueScale Encryption is the only fully integrated AES-256 bit encryption offering available in tape and disk libraries today.  Data encrypted by Spectra BlueScale encryption can be stored on LTO, SAIT, SDLT and RXT media.  It integrates seamlessly with all major ISV applications, operating systems, and database applications. This seamless approach enables all key management to be performed from the library’s front panel or Web interfaces.  No additional servers, appliances or applications are necessary to take advantage of BlueScale Encryption. Spectra T950 and T120 libraries began shipping with encryption enabled hardware in December 2005.  A software key simply needs to be entered to enable the full suite of encryption functionalities on these libraries.

“Spectra Logic engineering built our flexible library platforms to seamlessly support the range of features most important to our customers’ backup and security requirements.   We are honored by this industry recognition for a critical storage feature that helps security conscious companies meet their data protection goals in a fully secure, yet affordable and easy to implement solution,” said Matt Starr, chief technology officer of Spectra Logic. “Our libraries support the strongest available encryption algorithm with a full suite of key management options designed specifically for secure data encryption on tape and mobile disk.”

Spectra Logic designed BlueScale Encryption to solve the primary concerns of their customers with respect to implementing encryption.  These customers asked for an affordable, well integrated encryption solution that included compression and did not cause server overhead.  BlueScale Encryption addresses each of these customer needs.   The standard edition of the key management software is available free of charge, with annual support fees as low as $2,500. The hardware based encryption and compression is performed within the library and is managed from the standard library interfaces.  All encryption and compression overhead is offloaded from the server to the library. 

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Contact: Leigh Grace, Spectra Logic, 704-543-9283, leighg@spectralogic.com

About Byte and Switch
Byte and Switch is the flagship enterprise Web publication of CMP Technology’s business unit, Light Reading Inc. As the Web’s leading storage networking site, Byte and Switch delivers the latest in news, product reviews, and customer case studies, as well as Insider research reports on storage and data networking technologies.

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Founded in 2000, Light Reading Inc. (www.lightreading.com) is the ultimate source for technology and financial analysis of the communications industry, leading the media sector in terms of traffic, content, and reputation. It reaches an extensive audience of executives and technologists within the telecom and enterprise networking communities, as well as the financial/industry analysts and investors who track these sectors. Light Reading was acquired by United Business Media in August 2005, and operates as a unit of CMP Technology.

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About Spectra Logic CorporationSpectra Logic Corporation is the leader in innovative hardware-driven data backup and archival solutions for companies worldwide. Spectra Logic’s tape, disk and encryption libraries help organizations save time, lower costs and reduce risks while protecting and storing data. Spectra® products support AIT, LTO, SAIT and SDLT tape, provide capacities ranging from 60 gigabytes to multiple petabytes, and integrate encryption and RAID. Today, the company has tens of thousands of libraries installed worldwide with customers that include NASA and Verizon Wireless. Spectra Logic has introduced many industry first products including: first to automate AIT in a library; first with all-native Fibre Channel and iSCSI libraries; first to integrate tape and disk in a single-frame library; first to offer hardware-based, encryption-enabled libraries. Spectra Logic’s data protection products are available through a global network of resellers and OEMs.  For more information, contact Spectra Logic at (800) 833-1132, or visit http://www.SpectraLogic.com.

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