October 15, 2008

HP Expands Security for StorageWorks

HP has expanded its security portfolio with the addition of new disk encryption features and improvements to key management to enable tape libraries to provide better data security and simplify the management of compliance-related operations.

The company said the new hardware encryption for its HP StorageWorks XP24000 and XP20000 Disk Arrays will reduce the risk of security breaches, and combined with key management will strengthen its HP Secure Advantage portfolio of hardware, software, and services.

The company has also upgraded its Secure Key Manager hardware. It said SKM 1.1 supports up to 2 million keys to ensure that multiple tape library installations and future encryption devices are protected.

Bob Wilson, vice president of HP's storage platforms division, said: "Automating data security functions allows customers to fully capitalize on the critical information they need to grow their businesses. To further protect that critical information, HP has significantly increased the complexity of storage security available to mitigate risk by encrypting XP arrays and expanding key capacity on the SKM."

Encryption for the XP24000 or XP20000 will be available in December with prices starting at $23,000. SKM 1.1 will cost $28,500.