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Data encryption and key management 101

Just a short post this morning to point you to a video I did at Nth Symposium.  My friends at Nth were gracious enough to give me a booth on the show floor and from there I did a number of video interviews.  I've already posted one I did talking about HP Storage at VMworld as well as another talking about HP ConvergedSystem.  In this video I hit the topic of data encryption and key management. 


Albert Biketi is the General Manager of security products at HP Atalla, a part of HP Software focused on security.  Albert had emailed me recently and it was a great opportunity for me to learn more about data encryption and more specifically key management. 



Labels: Nth2014| security

Mobile device security dramatization

P1100604 small.jpgI've been sitting on video of a security dramatization that the Nth Generation Players did at the recent Nth Generation Symposium I attended.  I had talked to Rich Baldwin (founder and former CEO of Nth) who was thrilled that his team had found another way to make an event new and fresh - I've never seen drama used at a tech event but this was done very effectively.  And lucky for me, they did it a second time because the first time I didn't have my Zoom Handy (audio recorded) connected to the sound board.  The video is longer than most I do but interesting in my opinion.

Labels: nth2012| security

Security Cloud Advisor Archie Reed

After VMworld ended, I was lucky enough to be on the same flight from Las Vegas to San Francisco as Archie Reed.  Archie attended many of our Cloud Advisor events including the one that we hosted for bloggers on Tuesday night.  Security isn't in my wheel house so this was great to be able to get some time with Archie and talk about the big picture.  Here's the podcast with Archie: 

NPI Day Part 2

By Calvin Zito 

In my previous post, I talked a little bit about our New Product Introduction (NPI) process and gave some pointers to a number of things that came from the latest NPI.  Here are a few more things to highlight:

  • We announced the HP StorageWorks SAN Virtualization Platform a couple of weeks ago - you can see the product page at   

  • We also had publicly announced updates to the StorageWorks Secure Key Manager at SNW Dallas back in mid-October.  You can learn more about the enhancements at or on the product page

  • We also announced new functionality on our XP24000 and XP20000 Disk Array family.  You can learn about the XP enhancements on the XP Disk Array product page.  Jim Hankins is writing a blog about External Storage Disaster Recovery with details so I won't spoil his fun.  Also new with the XP is support for Solid State Storage Technology.  One of our competitors predicted that we wouldn't have solid state storage technology until 2009.  I think we beat that by a bit.  Now we have solid state for both our BladeSystem and XP disk array with more to come.  No hype, just keeping it real!

  • Utility Ready Storage is an interesting solution that we've offered for a while and I'm guessing will get more interesting for customers with the looming economic situation.  There are some new services with Utility Ready Storage and a very good feature article describing it.  Here's a link to the article: Aligning storage costs and usage with Utility Ready Storage.

I've only touched on some of the NPI enhancements today but hopefully I've given you a small glimpse into what is going on. 

Calvin Zito

Storage Security at SNW

This week is the fall Storage Networking World in Dallas.  At the show, we made an announcement today focused on storage security - a topic growing in importance. 

Threats to storage security are real and can be a significant liability.  Seems as though not a week goes by in the press without another story of some data being lost, stolen or hacked. And there is a cost associated with these type of breaches.  Here's an interesting web-based tool from Tech//404 that calculates the cost of data loss from security breaches and identity theft.  The site also talks about a number of class action suits with class sizes ranging from a quarter of a million people to two million seeking damages in the range of $1,000 to $21,000 per person in the class.  There could be some mind-boggling settlements.

Encryption is relatively easy - managing keys is the challenge.  Multiple key management systems increases complexity and lowers the success of recovery.  We believe that centralized key management trumps a disparate systems approach because it's more efficient and offers better data availability.  Today's announcement has two components:

  • Enhancements to our HP StorageWorks Secure Key Manager - increasing the capacity to 2 million encryption keys per cluster and lowered entry price with a single client/node configuration.

  • Disk encryption for the XP24000 and XP20000 -   encrypts data on disk drives so that data can not be read off a disk drive that is removed without having the key.  Here's a short white paper that talks about the XP disk encryption. 

We have a web page that has a number of white papers, including from a leading analyst firm Enterprise Strategy Group, and other information on today's announcement.  While the announcement today focuses on storage, we have a broader security initiative called HP Secure Advantage Solutions.  We're driving solutions that protect data, protect resources, and provide validation. 

Here's hoping your data is secure and that we have a more secure week in the financial markets.

Labels: security| storage
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