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Toshiba Intros Mobile HDD For Enterprise

The hard disk drive self-encrypts data, easing the path to compliance with regulatory mandates, the company says.
Toshiba on Tuesday introduced a high-capacity, enterprise-level mobile hard-disk drive that's self-encrypting.

The 2.5-inch drive, part of the company's MBF line, has a top capacity of 600 GB. The HDD has a spin speed of 10,025 revolutions per minute and a 6 gigabit per second SAS interface for use in mid-range servers, mainstream storage arrays and blade and rack-mount servers.

"With a 600GB maximum capacity, lower power consumption and smaller footprint, Toshiba's small form factor enterprise HDDs further enables the growing trend of enterprise system migration from 3.5-inch to 2.5-inch HDDs," Joel Hagberg, VP of enterprise marketing at Toshiba Storage Device Division, said in a statement.

Toshiba plans to offer drive-based encryption in selected MBF models. The encryption is based on specifications established by the Trusted Computing Group, a nonprofit international organization that sets standards for developing, defining and promoting secure computing.

Encrypting data within the storage device simplifies deployment and provides an easier path to compliance with regulatory mandates, Toshiba says. Self-encryption devices have features such as secure erase, which simplified the process of repurposing or retiring drives.

The MBF product line will comprise 300 GB, 450 GB, and 600 GB hard drives. The line is scheduled to be available in volume to computer makers in April.