HP will overhaul its storage security offerings next week with a souped-up fabric switch, enhanced key management, and an encryption kit for tape libraries and autoloaders.
First up is the C-Series MDS 9222i Storage Media Encryption (SME) switch. That allows you to encrypt data through any port on the switch, says Adam Thew, HPs director of products for nearline products. Its basically targeted at legacy tape. This is really for places where they have older environments than LTO 4, where they want to encrypt the data going to virtual tape." He explains that, whereas LTO 4 has native encryption, earlier versions of the technology do not.
Up until now, if customers had been looking to go to tape level encryption, they have had to upgrade their tape to LTO 4, but this is a solution to avoid that, says Thew.
HP is not the first vendor to focus its energy on switch fabric encryption. Last year, for example, Cisco teamed up with EMC's RSA division to encrypt data traveling across the network on its family of switches, although users were reluctant to abandon more traditional encryption methods.
HPs C-Series MDS 9222i is actually OEMd from Cisco, although Thew told Byte and Switch that the technology can be deployed either as a dedicated switch, the MDS 9222i, or as a blade for HPs 9000 series switches.