Tuesday, April 8th 2008

Seagate Intros Cheetah Drives With Self-Encrypting for Servers

Seagate Technology today also introduced a new breed of hard drive, the Cheetah 15K.6 FDE (Full Disk Encryption) disc drive family, the world’s first self-encrypting hard drives for mission-critical servers and storage arrays. As part of the award-winning Cheetah family, the industry-standard in performance and reliability in data centers, the new Cheetah 15K.6 FDE hard drive now also encrypts data as well. And that encryption goes anywhere the hard drive goes – whether it is moved, stored, or retired.

“The data breaches widely reported in the media generally focus on stolen laptops and PCs, but people forget about the staggering amount of information leaving the data center daily,” said Sherman Black, senior vice president and general manager, Seagate Enterprise Compute Business. “Equipment and systems with hard drives inside are continuously being retired, relocated or repaired and there’s often little thought given to properly disposing of the data they contain before they leave the data center. A recent investigation showed that 50% of the drives returned for servicing by customers contained readable sectors. If you assume that an average system’s lifecycle is three to five years that suggests that more than 50 thousand enterprise drives are leaving data centers daily worldwide. If only half of those hard drives are readable, that’s at least 2,500TB per day of exposed data available in the open market. The increasing flow of exposed sensitive data ought to be a serious concern to CIO’s everywhere.”

Compared to other encryption technologies, self-encryption within the hard drive brings significant performance, management, and security benefits for users. Since the encryption engine is in the drive’s controller ASIC, encryption is transparently fast and performance automatically scales with every drive added to a data center. Because there is no performance cost associated with encrypting more data, there is no need to make fine-grained decisions as to what data to protect – which can eliminate the need for data classification. Self-encryption requires no change to the OS, applications, or databases. Instantaneous Key-Erase technology, a standard on all Seagate FDE hard drives, facilitates quick and secure removal, whether for repurposing, returning for service, or disposal.

Leading analysts, standards bodies, and major storage providers have closely evaluated and concluded that self-encrypting drives deliver critical benefits for data center information security.

Details about the Cheetah 15K.6 FDE Family of Hard Drives
Available in capacities of 450GB, 300GB, and 147GB, the Cheetah 15K.6 family includes Seagate PowerTrim technology which dynamically optimizes drive power consumption at all levels of activity. The Cheetah 15K.6 FDE family offers the highest 3.5-inch hard drive reliability in the industry at 1.6 million hours MTBF (0.55% AFR), a choice of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) or Fibre Channel (FC) interfaces, and a five-year limited warranty. The Cheetah 15K.6 FDE drive is shipping to OEM suppliers this quarter.Source: Seagate
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3 Comments on Seagate Intros Cheetah Drives With Self-Encrypting for Servers

Wow, that's pretty cool. Blazingly fast and secure. Finally, some high capacity 15k drives too.
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...with an equally high price to match :P
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Bird of Prey
Of course, can you imagine them selling them drives for 89.99 :P
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