Data erasure for data centres

Two of the main concerns with data centres are compliance and costs. But another issue that is cropping up is secure data erasure.

According to Kim Vaisanen, CEO of Blancco, a data erasure and computer reuse solutions provider based in Finland, data centers contain massive amounts of customer data that is protected by industry standards and regulations like PCI DSS, HIPAA in the US and EU directives. These compliance mandates and the need to protect sensitive data, certified, efficient and professional data erasure is now more important than ever.

Blancco is introducing an initiative to inform the market about data erasure and the market opportunities available for channel partners who have a practice or solutions for compliant data erasure.

As part of the initiative, Blancco is offering a white paper on the subject called Data Erasure Solutions for Data Center and Cloud Computing Security.

What data centres should be looking for are

  • Full control and auditability of the data erasure process through detailed reports and centralized management.
  • Savings through reuse of existing hardware and configurations like logical drives (LUNs).
  • Opportunities to offer new services such as secure data erasure after data migration or a customer contract ends.

Väisänen added that to eliminate the need for multiple erasure products, data centers with high-end server and SAN environments need a tool that erases a broad range of hardware like Netapp, IBM, Oracle, HP, EMC, Dell, and Hitachi, as well as Microsoft software.

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