ExaGrid System with Encryption Helps with HIPAA Compliance, Eliminates Need for Offsite Tape Storage
After looking at several solutions on the market, CGH Medical Center decided to install a two-site ExaGrid system. The hospital placed one appliance in its main datacenter, and is in the process of deploying a second appliance in an offsite clinic for data replication. The offsite system, an ExaGrid EX21000E with encryption, offers improved data security through its enterprise-proven, industry standard Self-Encrypting Drive (SED) technology. SEDs provide a high level of security for data at rest and can help reduce IT drive retirement costs in the data center. All data on the disk drive is encrypted automatically without any action required by users. Encryption and authentication keys are never accessible to outside systems where they can be stolen. Unlike software-based encryption methods, SEDs typically have a better throughput rate, particularly during extensive read operations.
“We wanted data between sites to be encrypted, and the offsite ExaGrid system will enable us to meet regulatory requirements and eliminate tape. Once it’s fully deployed, we’ll be completely tapeless and we won’t have to deal with offsite tape storage in banks and vaults anymore,” said Arnold. “Restores are easier now, too, because we don’t have to deal with tape. All our information can be easily restored in minutes.”