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Sun Fills in Storage Crypto Details

Sun Microsystems Inc. has finally revealed its encryption and identity management plans for the storage products it acquired when it bought StorageTek last summer.(See Sun Closes on StorageTek and Sun Gets Secretive on Storage.)

The vendor will unveil its security strategy at its Forum user event in Washington tomorrow when it takes the wraps off its new T10000 tape drive, featuring AES-256 bit encryption.

The T10000, which is built on technology acquired from StorageTek, is just the first step in a broader security push. Sun is now planning to extend this same device-level encryption to other storage products in its portfolio. There will be both more disk and tape products to follow using this,” promises Dave Kenyon, director of enterprise tape automation at Sun.

Kenyon explained that encrypting data on the drive itself helps keep users out of the headlines for embarrassing data leaks. “This means that users can be sure that media, before it goes off-site, is encrypted,” he says.

The new drive can also work in conjunction with the Cryptographic Framework Library within the Solaris operating system, according to Kenyon, which is another way of encrypting data at the point of creation and capture.

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