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Security Smorgasbord on Show

Security will feature prominently at the Storage Networking World tradeshow in Florida this week, with both big-name vendors and startups unveiling products and plans to lock down corporate data.

Cue hard-drive specialist Seagate, which will unveil its DriveTrust strategy today, eventually adding drive-level encryption to its entire product line. "Theft and loss is happening with servers and storage," Scott Shimomura, senior product marketing manager at Seagate, tells Byte and Switch. "We're trying to get people to look at security built into the drive itself as a security foundation."

First up is Seagate's Momentus drive, which the vendor will "harden" with an encryption chip and security firmware. As part of this effort, Seagate execs have opened up API-style "software hooks" into their drive technology in an attempt to lure specialist security ISVs onto the platform.

Two firms, Secude and WaveSystems, have already teamed up with Seagate to develop key management software, and the vendor expects to have its souped-up Momentus drive, the Momentus 5400 FDE.2, available sometime in the first quarter of 2007. After that, the vendor plans to extend drive-level encryption across its enterprise and desktop hard drives, including its Cheetah, Barracuda, and Savio product lines.

At this point, however, the vendor has not revealed pricing for its Momentus 5400 FDE.2 drive, nor has it described a detailed roadmap for extending drive-level encryption to other parts of its portfolio.

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