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Key Management Takes Center Stage for Storage

DALLAS -- Storage Networking World -- Microsoft, Sun, and IBM added flesh to the bones of their security stories here this week, ramping up their efforts around key management for encryption and CDP.

With firms under increasing pressure to keep their data secure, encryption has become a must-have technology in many organizations. Despite this pressing need to lock down data, users have nonetheless been calling for better interoperability from security and storage vendors around managing the keys that actually control the encryption.

"That's the same thing that we're hearing from customers," said Ted Kummert, corporate vice president of Microsoft's data and storage platform division, who gave a keynote presentation here Wednesday. "In the next release of SQL Server, SQL Server 2008, we're adding support for out-of-the-box key management," he told Byte and Switch, adding that this will be available in the second quarter of 2008.

Microsoft key management will allow users to store the encryption keys for data held on the SQL database on other vendors' key management solutions, according to the exec, who would not say which partners Microsoft is working with.

Kummert used his keynote to announce that the vendor's Data Protection Manager (DPM) disk backup product will be released to manufacturers this week. "What we're announcing is that we're basically done with the product," he said, explaining that general availability will be sometime next month. "It's ready and it's going to market."

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