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IBM 'Deadbolts' Internal Storage

IBM is claiming the ability to deadbolt” data by building encryption capabilities into internal server storage.

This week the vendor announced a RAID adapter card for encrypting hard drives on its SystemX servers. IBM claims that this will help users avoid headline-grabbing data breaches, such as the recent incident with a Royal Bank of Scotland computer containing customers’ personal data was sold on eBay.

"In many cases, customers will leave whatever organization has lost their data because they have lost confidence in them," says David Rasmussen, a director at IBM, explaining that the adapters can lock down data. "Once that data is encrypted, it can’t be compromised, whether the drive is improperly disposed of, or stolen."

The MR10is adapter card uses chip technology from LSI to encrypt data on the server hard-drives, and is being aimed particularly at SMBs and large enterprises that may not rely on external storage such as tape libraries.

IBM, for example, like its rival Sun, offers encryption built into its tape drives, although Rasmussen explains that smaller firms often need other methods to secure their data.

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