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Raytheon's eCenter Goes for EMC

Data security is on everyones minds these days. Hardly a week goes by without a report about a security breach at some data center, resulting in the exposure of sensitive information, such as credit card numbers or account information. Securing data both physically and in the electronic sense is not always easy to achieve, however.

Catering to customers that Steve McCann, director of business development at
Raytheon Company’s (NYSE: RTNA, RTNB)
eCenter Technologies, calls "sensitive to security concerns,"
eCenter selected
EMC Corp.
as the first storage solution provider for the data center. According to McCann, that decision was partly based on EMC's standing in the marketplace and the natural appeal EMC storage has to the high-end customers eCenter is targeting.

The eCenter facility, described by some as a fortress, is a repurposed building that Raytheon previously used for processing classified data from U.S. Government intelligence satellites. Features like 12-inch-thick walls and special network conduit that prevents electronic eavesdropping and tampering, provides the facility with a strong foundation of physical security.

Added to the physical security of the building is a mix of the data security provided by the EMC software and best practices that has enabled eCenter to be qualified under the EMC Proven E-Infostructure program. That program ensures that all the processes and procedures required to maintain a high level of data security and integrity are in place and working, Raytheon says.

For example, eCenter uses EMC’s TimeFinder and other data management software that enables the creation of separately addressable data volumes, along with the ability to access current data. That combination of features solves the problem of competing workloads, and, combined with mirroring and the Symmetrix Remote Data Facility, enhances the ability to maintain high levels of data recovery and business continuity capabilities.

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