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The secure deletion of data is a key component for companies to successfully implement a true Data Protection Lifecycle Management solution

-Delivers significant cost savings over physical tape libraries for guaranteed data destruction; Expands offerings for Data Protection Lifecycle Management -

London, UK – 15 June 2010 – SEPATON, the leader in enterprise-class disk-based data protection solutions, has announced the availability of Secure Erasure, a new option for SEPATON’s S2100-ES2 data protection systems that provides guaranteed, auditable erasure of information on virtual tape cartridges.

Secure Erasure enables storage administrators to schedule all or selected cartridges for a total data overwrite with a data pattern for clearing or purging low, medium and high sensitivity data to ensure that no data can be retrieved from those tape cartridges. The data pattern is approved by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a federal agency that works with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements and standards.

With Secure Erasure, businesses can meet legal and regulatory compliance obligations or limited retention time periods of customer data and protection of personally identifiable, confidential or secret data. Secure Erasure tape selection, scheduling and reporting is integrated with SEPATON’s graphical user interface for ease of use. No manual steps are required to remove, reinsert, or transfer media and an audit report is generated for each cartridge and emailed to the auditor automatically. Unlike physical tape, virtual tape cartridges are useable after the data is overwritten and they are available within minutes after the data overwriting process begins.

The destruction of data after a specific retention period is required in many regulated industries such as government, financial services, healthcare, and telecommunications. In the physical tape world, the backup tapes would be shredded. In the virtual tape world, the information must be securely erased over the entire length of the virtual tape.

“As Eagle Alliance, a Computer Sciences Corporation-led joint venture, prepares to offer a cloud-based capability for the U.S. Intelligence community, it is critically important that security concerns are addressed at the hardware level for cloud infrastructure,” said Michael Myers, director, new business, Eagle Alliance. “SEPATON’s new Secure Erasure option can be used to guarantee that storage resources allocated for backup/recovery can be completely erased and reused without fear of data contamination, which will allow us to manage cloud resources securely for multiple tenants.”

“With the Secure Erasure option, backup administrators have the means to comply with an organisation’s data destruction policy more cost-effectively than with physical tape libraries,” said Fidelma Russo, chief operating officer, SEPATON, Inc. “The secure deletion of data is a key component for companies to successfully implement a true Data Protection Lifecycle Management solution (DPLM) where data centre managers can leverage SEPATON’s ContentAware intelligence to efficiently backup, deduplicate, replicate, report and manage the information assets of their enterprise for business success.”

Availability and Pricing:
The Secure Erasure option for the S2100-ES2 series is immediately available. Pricing for the Secure Erasure option is $5,000 per node.

Supporting Resources:
Secure Erasure data sheet:

SEPATON blog post on tape shredding:

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About SEPATON, Inc.
SEPATON is the only disk-based data protection company with a scale-out backup and recovery system built to achieve the performance and capacity requirements of the most data intensive organisations. Built on our patented scale-out architecture, SEPATON products enable data-intensive enterprises to back up, deduplicate, replicate, and restore petabytes of data at wire speed without disruption to their existing infrastructure. As a result, these products provide the most return on their investment in backup technology. For additional information visit

Media contacts:
Hazel Butters
Prompt Communications on behalf of SEPATON
Tel: 020 8996 1653 / 07780 687813

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