by Lyle Smith

Toshiba Announces New eSSD and Mobile HDD Models With Cryptographic-Erase and Self-Encrypting Support

Toshiba America has announced new enterprise-grade SATA SSD models that support cryptographic-erase and self-encrypting drive (SED) models; an eSSD and a mobile SATA HDD (PX02AMU and PX03ANU/PX02SMQ and MQ01ABUW). Together, these four new 2.5-inch storage device models give IT system and PC system administrators better tools to help secure sensitive business data.

The PX02AMU value line of SATA eSSD models as well as the PX03ANU read-intensive line of SATA SSD models provide cryptographic-erase for enterprises looking to improve security. Additionally, the PX02SMQU series features Trusted Computing Group enterprise protocol self-encryption and cryptographic-erase support in high-performance eSSD SAS models. For computer on-the-go, the MQ01ABUW has self-encryption, cryptographic-erase, and TCG-Opal protocol support with a slim 7mm design and up to 500GB in capacity. The MQ01ABUW series also supports Toshiba’s wipe technology, which gives systems designers the ability to automatically cryptographic-erase data if an unauthorized host tries to access the HDDs or if a set number of authentication failures triggers.

To further help protect businesses' confidential data, the new Toshiba models use government-grade Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256-bit self-encryption. Additionally, the PX02SMQ/U series SEDs support the TCG Enterprise Security Subsystem Class protocols for even more enhanced security. Regular disk erase methods use lengthy over-write operations; however, the Cryptographic-Erase function simply regenerates the SED drive’s encryption key, which effectively invalidates all previously stored user data. As a result, SED storage devices can be quickly and securely sanitized before re-allocation, redeployment or retirement occurs.

Additional Features:

  • The PX02AMU and PX03ANU are SATA MLC SSDs that provide transparent onboard hardware encryption to enable fast and secure cryptographic-erase using the industry-standard ATA Enhanced Secure Cryptographic Erase function. The PX02AMU has storage capacities of 100GB, 200GB and 400GB,2 and the PX02ANU includes 55GB, 120GB, 240GB and 480GB models. Both are suited for entry to mid-range server and storage systems, as well as read-intensive and boot devices for datacenter-optimized servers and scale-out storage systems.
  • The PX02SMQ/U series is an enterprise-class SAS MLC SSD with available storage capacities of 200GB, 400GB, 800GB and 1.6TB. Support of both SANITIZE Cryptographic-Erase and the TCG Enterprise SSC makes the PX02SMQ/U series suitable for management and protection of confidential data on mission-critical and business-critical server and storage systems.
  • The MQ01ABUW series are 7mm high SATA 2.5-inch 5,400 RPM HDD SEDs with available storage capacities of 250GB, 320GB and 500GB. Support of both the ATA Enhanced Secure Cryptographic Erase function and the TCG-Opal SSC protocols makes the MQ01ABU series ideal for encrypting and protecting access to confidential data stored on mobile and desktop PCs protected by security management applications.

PX02AMU and PX03ANU SATA eSSD drives sample shipments are set for January 2013. Sample shipments for the PX02SMQU and MQ01ABUW are scheduled for sometime in Q1 2013.

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