encryption to your backup strategy
Hardly a week goes by without some story in the news about a company
leaking important data through loss of their backup tapes. Whether it
is through malicious theft, opportunistic snatching, or accidental
misplacement, there is a huge cost to a business when data is lost.
When the data contains sensitive information about members of the
public, possibly including bank account and credit card numbers, the
cost can be severe indeed. Simply the stigma of having to notify
clients that you've lost their data is extremely damaging.
Obviously the answer is to encrypt the backup - an encrypted backup is
a secure backup. With the tape
securely encrypted, a lost tape becomes an inconvenience rather than a
On the other hand, the last thing you need is to add complex
backup procedures to encrypt the tape. You can encrypt the
backup using software, but that can put an immense load on to the
backup server and severely impact he time taken to do the backup and
restore. You also need to keep in mind the potential
complexity of managing encryption.
Fortunately, Avax offers hardware solutions that allow you to easily
encrypt (and decrypt) your data without adding that additional overhead.
The simplest solution is to add an encryption appliance (in-line
encryption) between the
backup server and the tape backup device.
The Paranoia family of encryption appliances offers a simple to
implement, but very secure means of adding encryption to any tape drive
or library. Paranoia units work with any tape drive or
operating system and are completely transparent to the existing
hardware and software. No changes are required to your
For more information on the Paranoia family of tape encryption devices,
please click here
Disk-to-disk backup appliance with encryption
The DPU family of high performance disk-to-disk backup appliances are
offered with AES 256 encryption. The data is fully encrypted
before it is written to disk, so that if the data is later transferred
off-site (removable disk, electronically 'vaulted' to a remote location
or written to tape for archiving), the data is fully secure.
Encryption is standard on the latest DPU 7 series and offered as
optional on other units.
For more information on the DPU family of backup appliances and the DPV
family of data vaults, please
Tape Library with built-in encryption
Avax offers a family of tape libraries for everything from a local
department to an entire enterprise that include secure, easy to manage
AES encryption built right in to the library.
Starting with the T50E
which starts with one LTO4 tape drive and 10 slots and can be expanded
on-site all the way up to 50 slots and 4 drives, we can go all the way
to the T950 which
is capable of supporting up to 120 drives and 6150 slots!
For more information on BlueScale encryption, please click here.
Encrypted tape drive
If you just need encrypted backup on one drive - Avax offers
standalone tape drives with built-in hardware encryption.
The SafeTapeTM family
of "Plug & Play" encrypted tape drives is the quickest and
easiest way to add encryption (and peace of mind!) to your backup.
For more information on SafeTapeTM
encrypted tape drives, please
For more information on any Avax product, please call your sales
representative or complete the enquiry
form and we will be happy to assist you.
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