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Identity-enabled Tape Decryption

Author: Mark Dixon
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
3:47 am

I often joke that my colleague Rakesh Radhakrishnan believes in “Identity-enabled Everything” because of his passionate, prolific treatment of how to leverage Identity Management for the benefit of the communications industry. But yesterday, I heard Jonathan Schwartz propose Identity enabling something I had not thought of and Rakesh hasn’t yet written about.

Jonathan was discussing how the intersection of Sun’s Server, Storage, Software and Services business units produces remarkable opportunities. To illustrate, he recalled Sun’s recent announcement of Device-Level Encryption on the Sun StorageTek T10000 Tape Drive.

If data on a tape is encrypted, it must be decrypted to be used. Decryption implies authentication and authorization, which should be part of a cohesive Identity Management system.

This is yet another example of how Identity Management is not only an essential function whenever we consider secure, personalized information services, but is an enabler to new, innovative business opportunities.

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2 Responses to “Identity-enabled Tape Decryption”

    OK, so exactly how should Identity Enabled Tape Encryption work at a detailed level and more importantly could us customers hear how Sun is providing thought leadership in this problem space?

    Comment by James on December 16, 2006 at 7:21 am

    At this point, the integration between the Sun Identity Management products and the tape encryption/decription process is at a concept stage. I’ll let you know when more information is available.

    Comment by Mark Dixon on December 18, 2006 at 8:19 am

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