Spectra Logic Offers Free Encryption with Key Management

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BlueScale 10 makes Spectra the only vendor with complete Key Management for LTO-4
BOULDER, Colo., October 1, 2007—Spectra Logic, the innovator in data archive and backup, is now offering its hardware-based AES-256 Standard Edition BlueScale™ Encryption for free. Because Spectra’s key management operates through the libraries’ BlueScale 10 management interface, customers can now have encryption plus key management options from one vendor, with no additional software required—free of charge.
BlueScale Encryption with key management, originally introduced in 2005, is now available as a standard feature in the enterprise-class Spectra® T950, mid-range T120 and departmental T50 tape libraries. The libraries can be configured with LTO, SDLT, SAIT or integrated RXT disk. Customers can activate encryption right away, or months or years after purchase, to fit long-term storage management plans.
“The majority of tapes sent offsite for deep archive will be encrypted within two to three years, so IT managers across many industries are evaluating encryption options now,” said Jon Oltsik, senior analyst and security expert at the Enterprise Strategy Group.”Spectra Logic has a long history in the tape encryption space and is already offering key management for LTO-4 today.  These proof points should be considered as companies face the continuing trend towards ubiquitous tape encryption.”
Spectra Logic’s BlueScale Encryption Key Management uses the STEP (standard tape encryption protocol ) format for data interchange. The hardware-based AES-256 encryption libraries are designed with a FIPS 140-2 compliant chip for extra security.
“Encryption is no longer an option that users may consider in the future—customers are demanding secure data now,” said Molly Rector, Spectra Logic’s VP of marketing and product management. “Spectra Logic is leading that market trend towards security and adjusting product development and planning accordingly.”
The Spectra T950, T120 and T50 are available in Fibre Channel, iSCSI and SCSI configurations. The libraries are compatible with all major operating systems and major software packages. Spectra Logic’s Professional Edition BlueScale Encryption includes a broader feature set, and is available starting at $12,000.
About Spectra Logic’s BlueScale Software Environment
BlueScale Environment is a software solution built into Spectra Logic products that enables the libraries and other backup products to work simply, flexibly, and safely with your data. From self-monitoring to simplifying overarching data center management, BlueScale supplies a tightly integrated structure that supports new technologies and requirements while safeguarding your data. First developed in 1994—and continuously updated and enhanced since then–this environment has the accumulated intelligence and field-tested design that only several years of work can provide.
About Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG)
Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) is a leading industry analyst firm that provides strategic guidance and unmatched service to technology vendors, IT professionals, venture capitalists, and institutional investors. The Enterprise Strategy Group evolved from the Enterprise Storage Group, and now offers products and services focused on application infrastructure and information security while it continues to set the tone for storage and information management. Enterprise Strategy Group sets itself apart from legacy analyst firms and boutiques by continuing to build its excellent reputation of assisting clients to make strategic business and IT decisions.
About Spectra Logic Corporation
Spectra Logic is the leading innovator in data archive and backup. We help customers all over the world protect data with power-efficient products that let users reduce risk, lower cost and save time. Spectra Logic’s archive and backup products are designed specifically for secondary storage needs and are compatible with every major tape and disk format. Spectra products provide integrated library, encryption, and key management options through the intuitive BlueScale 10 interface. Spectra’s green tape libraries and disk products use far less power than other comparable products. The company’s tape, disk and encryption solutions are designed  to evolve over time.  Spectra products are an excellent investment for IT managers who project growth and plan for years into the future. Since Spectra Logic was founded in 1979, the company has introduced  innovative, industry-leading products including: Archive and Backup Servers (nTier-2007); hardware-based, VTL encryption with compression (RXT-2006); hardware-based, library-enabled encryption with compression (BlueScale Encryption-2005); and integrated tape and disk in a single library (Spectra T950 with RXT-2004). Spectra Logic is changing the world of storage. Visit www.SpectraLogic.com for more information.
Media Contact: Leigh Grace, public relations manager, 704-231-9789, leighg@spectralogic.com