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Intel announces ‘self encrypting’ solid state drives

Intel announced a series of self encrypting solid-state drives in order to fight data breaches. Intel Solid State Drive Pro 2500 Series SSDs are capable of self-encrypting the information stored on their platform. These drives are available in 120GB, 180GB, 240GB, 360GB and 480GB capacities and will be available commercially from early next month with a 5-year warranty.

Intel Solid State Drive Pro 2500 series drives are tucked with the capability of providing random input/output operations per second ranging up to 48,000/80,000 sequential read/write and data transfer speeds of  up to 540/490 MBPS.

Intel claims that their Pro 2500 series SSDs can display 6 times more performance levels than the usual drives available in the market and that is possible through the usage of a new advanced low power modes which yields optimized user experience and longer battery life.

Getting deep into the specs, Intel Solid State Drive Pro 2500 series drives can use 195mW of wattage when active and 55mW when idle and 5mW in devsleep. This entire range of drives will be shipped with Intel vPro capable remote manageability features

Intel said that the reason to launch these self encrypting drives was due to the concern for rise of data breaches which are affecting businesses to such an extent that they are witnessing heavy financial losses.

In a special report, Intel said that the average cost of data breach incident is in the region of $3.4 million with malicious attacks being the main cause. The American chip maker estimated that the loss caused due to stolen/lost laptops in US alone is around $50,000/month and so the need for businesses to encrypt data is becoming more imperative than ever.

According a survey made by Forrester, 32% of data breaches occur due to data theft from lost/stolen corporate laptops. In between the year 2012-2013, business travelers lost around 10,000 laptops, smart phones, tablets, and other electronic gadgets in seven of the world’s largest airports. From the said numbers, 23% of data lost in this transit was critical to some organizations and out of the said percentage 73% of the lost data has brought a loss of $1.3 billion to four of the major Fortune 500 Companies.

So, under these circumstances, it becomes highly imperative for companies to look for certified storage solutions to help protect their data from these hidden challenges and so this generates the need for the presence of storage media such as Intel Solid State Drive Pro 2500 series drives.

Intel Solid State Drive Pro 2500 series drives cost/pricing will be announced shortly.

Hackers steal vital data from European Central Bank server in order to blackmail

Hackers have stolen vital data from European Central Bank server and are now blackmailing the top bank officials for a big ransom. The stolen information contains email addresses, phone numbers and also some credit card related information. This news was published on the bank website early this Thursday morning.

As per sources, the attackers exploited a public website vulnerability to access the database in order to steal the information. Though, the bank officials are silent on the issue that details such as credit card info was leaked out in this ‘hactivity’, they are admitting that stolen user information contains email addresses and phone numbers of all those who are/have visited the website.

It is to be notified here that no internal systems or market sensitive data were affected in this fraudulent activity.

As per our sources, the compromised information retrieved by the hackers from servers was related to users who were eager to register for various events related to ECB and conferences. Most of the data was encrypted, but email addresses, phone numbers and street addresses were not, according to the press release made by ECB.

The server database contained around 20K email addresses, phone numbers and physical addresses of the users and some credit card related credentials. However, the officials claim to have encrypted 95% of the database, and therefore the chance of data spill of info related to credit card is impossible.

ECB is said to have received an anonymous email from the attackers seeking financial compensation for the data yesterday and it is then the officials learnt about the server hack which officially took place on Monday night. Immediately, the incident was reported to Frankfurt police and the investigation has been launched.

Meanwhile, a team of security experts from ECB have reset the password of all their websites and are also busy contacting people whose credentials were hacked.

More details are awaited.

Data Storage adoption with Snapshot feature is increasing

Backups can play an instrumental role in case of disaster recovery and also have the potential to make a company immune to data loss. The process of backing up information can be lengthy and this is where the use of storage snapshot technology attains its prominence. With the presence of snapshot technology, firms can restore only what they need, instead of taking time to recover all the information. That means, snapshots keep a track of changes happening to the stored data from time to time and thus it shortens the recovery time to incredible levels.

In a recent survey carried out by Nimble, 1600 respondents participated on the subject of backup and storage technology. Around 60% of them admitted that snapshot storage adoption is growing and most among the users are large enterprises which are relying on the snapshot tool as a part of data protection strategy.

The exact requirement for the creation of snapshot will vary among companies, but most storage engineers endorse on having a short time between each snapshot for maximum protection. Some also strongly support on customizing the storage system take snapshots for every 15 minutes in order to protect the data in an effective way. They also have an opinion that the chosen backup technology must also be able to retain those snapshots in a cost-effective way.

Accordingly, targeting these companies StoneFly, Inc., offers the snapshot technology feature in all its iSCSI storage appliances. Thus, with the help of this feature the IP SAN appliances offered by this Silicon Valley based company succeed in offering advanced data protection, essential for mission critical businesses.

The other point which has to be lined out is the usage of separate recovery appliance for disaster recovery purpose which may or may not be geographically separated. Some small businesses depend on cloud service providers for their backup needs and offer pricing that is targeted at smaller companies. In certain situations, small businesses will get the benefit of having their disaster recovery site separated from their headquarters in order to ensure that they can recover applications and data quickly. But when data security and integrity come into focus, more organizations will prefer on having their backed up data on site, rather in the cloud.

This is where the importance of having a backup appliance on-premise gains its value. Small and Medium scale businesses feel more secure in having their data backed up on their premises or at a place which is geographically separated and is conducive for disaster recovery.

Finally, on a conclusion note, the protocol is to first figure out what your business requirements are for recovery point and recovery time and then go for storage enriched with snapshot technology which fulfills all your recovery and business continuity objectives.

Have concerns about data storage in your enterprise environment?

Small and Medium scale enterprises are nowadays experiencing tremendous data growth in their work environments. Some are successfully dealing with this deluge in a wise way, while others are lagging far behind in this procedure. So, it is a known fact that not many SMBs have experienced data storage professionals on hand and so are unaware about the latest technological developments taking place in the data storage world. As a result, they fail to manage their data in an efficient way and sometimes land up in deep troubles.

It is evident that today’s data storage environments are costly and complex to manage. So, without the presence of the best means, one may not be able to manage their businesses which 24×7 rely on mission critical data. Here’s where the need for storage managers and storage admins gets very important as these guys are specialized engineers who can deal with any kind of situation related to data in an elegant and proficient way.

DNF Professional Services can serve as a cornerstone for all your IT projects ranging from designing, implementing and managing a multi-vendor storage infrastructure. The company provides storage engineers and managers as per your needs and on part-time or fill time contract basis.

In association with DNF Consulting Services, DNF Professional Services offers you its services in such a manner that it decreases your overall data storage management costs, while improving data availability and protection.

DNF Professional Services offers data management services such as data migration, data replication, data security& protection, business continuity and disaster recovery services, Server & Storage consolidation, Storage and Server virtualization services, technology selection- if in case you are looking to upgrade your storage infrastructure, and data storage maintenance and support.

Apart from services related to data storage, DNF Professional Services also offers Electronic Recycling and Asset Management services. As a part of this service, the company does e-waste recycling in and around the State of California. Equipment such as Computers, CPUs and hard disks are disposed off from your premises as per the prevailing E-waste disposal norms in United States.

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Who can destroy 75,000 storage devices?

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is seeking the help of private contractors to destroy 75,000 storage devices which includes 3,225 hard drives and 5865 floppy drives. In a recent notification issued by IRS, it was specifically mentioned that the contractor who takes up this job should hand over a certification of destruction, if in case, they take up this job and should also legally commit that the destructed storage devices or their spare parts are not re-used in any manner.

It is revealed that since 2008, the agency has amassed half a million pieces of electronic storage media and that includes the ones which have sensitive data related to taxpayers’ information. The organization has succeeded in destroying more that 375,000 pieces. But still the agency has the task to dispose more than 75,000 storage devices on hand which includes, floppy drives, CDs, DVDs, magnetic tapes, cassette tapes, USB drives, Floppy drives, hard drives and magnetic disks. All these storage media are now being consolidated at a single IRS facility and have been procured through various government firms and agencies. Now, IRS wants a contractor who can destroy these storage devices on year basis as per the prevailing law and according to new contracting documents.

Currently, all the data stored on these storage devices is in encrypted format and is being reviewed by a team of officials of IRS. When the data is reviewed then the contract of destroying these devices will be given to a single contractor who has proven track record.

IRS wants the contractors to destroy the devices as per the guidelines issues by National Institute of Standards and Technology. The agency wants devices with highly secure information be disintegrated, pulverized, melted or incinerated at a Meta destruction facility or licensed incineration facility. Devices containing less secure information can be destroyed by using on-site mobile destruction equipment.

Earlier, this year, IRS agency made to the news headlines for not following certain destruction patterns and was also involved in a controversy. It was revealed in a probe that the organization failed to destroy a high sensitive hard drive which crashed in 2011 and could not provide the details of the destruction, fueling debate over whether the agency was trying top cover up their mistake or simply had dismal information technology processes in place. This triggered the agency to take the decision of handing over the contract of destroying the procured storage devices on yearly basis to interested parties, who can provide valid destruction certification.

Note- All responses to the department should reach by July 25, 2014 and the contact details are in the following link

Seagate starts shipping 8TB sample hard drives

Seagate has kept its promise made in May 2014 of delivering an 8TB hard drive in next 12 months. Yesterday, the company made an official announcement that sample hard drives with 8TB storage capacity have been distributed to its major customers and cloud service providers and the initial customer feedback has been very positive.


Seagate CEO Steve Luczo made this revealing during the press release of Seagate’s quarterly earnings. Steve also made it official that his company will come up with 10 TB hard drives by this year end and will then make the 8TB and 10TB HDDs commercially available by 1Q of next year. In May 2014, Seagate officially announced the release of 6TB non-helium filled hard drives and now these drives are available on a commercial note.


At present, the recording technology which is being used by Seagate to squeeze 8TB into a normal 3.5 inches drive is unavailable. But the company might be going with two possibilities over here in this aspect. The first one is to up its areal density from 1TB to 1.3TB per platter and the second one is by squeezing 7-8 platters into the regular drive chassis.


Well, some storage analysts from IDC review that Seagate might be using Shingled Magnetic Recording technology on a secret note to reach higher per-platter densities. But if this turns true then the 8TB hard drives released might theoretically write a bit slower than the PMR drives. But still there isn’t any empirical data cementing this theory.


Seagate wants to keep the technology behind its 8TB hard drives as a secret for now and so the lucky users of these drives, whom Seagate has mentioned will have to be contacted in order to know more on this subject.


Turn back soon as we will come up with some more facts on this technology in coming days.

Western Digital makes its 6TB hard drives more affordable

Western Digital (WD) has made the shipping of its two new high capacity 6TB hard drives more affordable. Early this week, the company made it official that its WD Red Hard Drives will be available for a price of $299 and its Western Digital Green will be available for price of $279. The company has also specified that its WD Red hard disks are designed to be used in IP SAN and NAS appliances and are ideal to be used for applications such as video surveillance and banking. WD green drives have more sensors and controls for lower power consumption and so they make it applicable to consumer desktops.

A few years ago, when Western Digital shipped its 4TB hard drives, the price of those drives was higher in terms of dollar per terabyte. But now, the company has decided to keep its prices competitive.

HGST, which is a business unit of WD, released its high capacity 6TB hard drive, the Ultrastar HE6 for $477 on Amazon. Seagate, which launched its 6TB hard drive without helium has priced its high capacity HDD for $300.

Western Digital has qualified its Red HDD for its My Cloud and has also disclosed that they can be plugged into any network attached storage system with the help of external storage bays available for a price under $10.

Western Digital has also announced that it is shipping its 5TB Red drive for $249 from early next month.



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