The new hardware encryption features, added to the Hewlett-Packard StorageWorks XP24000 and XP20000 Disk Arrays, reduce the risk of security breaches by protecting the data stored on each disk drive in the array.
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This is done without degrading the XP array's performance, a problem that can afflict other systems on the market, said Hewlett-Packard.
Hewlett-Packard has also enhanced its Secure Key Manager (SKM) hardware system, which automates encryption key management for Hewlett-Packard LTO-4 enterprise tape libraries.
SKM 1.1 now supports up to 2m keys to ensure that multiple tape library installations and future encryption devices are protected.
The SKM also provides high-availability features to reduce bottlenecks during periods of high transaction volume, as well as failover capabilities to safeguard keys in case of an outage.