Sepaton Adds Encryption To Purpose-Built Backup Appliance

In addition to nearly doubling its data ingest performance to up to 80Tb/hour, reportedly 2-8 times faster than its nearest competitors, Sepaton’s new S2100-ES3 purpose-built backup (and recovery) appliance with version 7.0 software adds encryption of data at rest without performance penalty. For as little as $355,000 – encryption option is licensed separately – the PBBA, built on Hitachi Data Systems storage arrays, features new processing nodes and multiprotocol network connectivity options (8-Gb Fibre Channel, 1-Gb and 10-Gb Ethernet). The new compression cards deliver both compression and encryption of data at rest in a unified pipeline without slowing performance, said Amy Lipton, SVP of Marketing.

The improved ingest rate, new enhanced multi-protocol capability, and addressing encryption of data at rest with no performance effects are ground breaking, she said. And the new appliance offers the lowest total cost of ownership, she added.

According to IDC’s latest PBBA numbers, third quarter 2012, backup appliance factory revenues were flat at just under $655.3 million. However, the total PBBA open systems market posted just under $567.5 million in revenues, representing 6.4% growth from the prior year’s third quarter, while capacity shot up 37.5% to 366,956 terabytes. The research company believes the leveling off was strictly temporary, and remains very upbeat at the long-term growth opportunities for the PBBA market.

EMC dominates this segment with 66.6% revenue share, followed by IBM (10.8%), Symantec (6.8%), HP (4.5%) and Quantum (2.8%). That leaves Sepaton to battle it out with the rest of the market for the remaining 8.5% of the market.

With the amount of actively managed storage continuing to expand at 20%-plus per year, the market for purpose-built backup appliances continues to grow, confirmed Lipton. Sepaton already has more than 3,000 systems deployed in Fortune 2000 customers, and the addition of encryption to its industry leading deduplication and the value proposition “continues to help us open the door to a wider audience”, she added.

“Today’s large IT organizations are cutting costs by investing in better approaches to deduplication, more scalable/manageable data protection architectures and smarter synergies between software and hardware,” said Jason Buffington, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group, in a prepared statement. “With this product release, Sepaton builds upon its heritage of scale-out deduplication for large enterprises to deliver systems like the Sepaton S2100-ES3, which they designed to enable a single administrator to manage tens of petabytes of data within a single system, in order to help their customers control costs, maintain high levels of service and protect important corporate information in very large production environments.”

Sepaton’s encryption capability integrates with industry standard interoperability protocols for encryption key managers (EKM) that are compliant with Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP). The PBBA is currently qualified with the RSA DPM and Thales e-Security keyAuthority 4.0 appliances.



Author: Steve Wexler

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