Backup encryption more costly

Do backup software charge more money to encrypt the backup file or is that generally a service that can be expected for the regular backup service?

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coredatarecoveryConnect With a Mentor Commented:
encryption is standard on many backup softwares.

You alternatively can create a free encrypted container with truecrypt, mount it as a drive letter and then backup to that encrypted drive letter

truecrypt.org

open source encryption.
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anushahannaAuthor Commented:
can truecrypt be applied for tape or only for disk?

i was thinking specifically about http://www.emc.com/domains/legato/index.htm
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jimbeam69Connect With a Mentor Commented:
encrytion depends on the method used. there are free ones and proprietary encryption methods.
in the USA there are export restrictions for certain encryption standards, which may have an impact on the price for your backup application if you're buying from outside the USA.
You would want to encrypt your data using AES 256 or higher, which is an open standard, FIPS and  HIPAA certified and won't cost you much additional kWh to run ;-)
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anushahannaAuthor Commented:
>>in the USA there are export restrictions for certain encryption standards, which may have an impact on the price for your backup application if you're buying from outside the USA.

the backup would be in usa and never sent outside the country... so AES 256 is best, right?

legato is asking for higher price to encrypt, along with the backup, and hence the question.
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jimbeam69Connect With a Mentor Commented:
i don't see much of  a justification to charge extra for encryption, especially if based on an open standard. for hosted environments it does burn more electricity but that would be negligible.
could be they're just B.S.ing you ;-) tryin to get more money for something that's standard. Try our product BackupChain instead....much cheaper as well....
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jimbeam69Connect With a Mentor Commented:
hmmm, i am assuming you are looking for software. they also sell storage devices so it would make sense to charge more for a device that's capable of encrypting data on the fly. but for software, i don't think so
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coredatarecoveryConnect With a Mentor Commented:
you could always buy a maxtor back armor encrypted hard disk, and backup to that, it's hardware encrypted.
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anushahannaAuthor Commented:
jim, please see page 13 (where it mentions "It supports AES...256...")
http://www.emc.com/collateral/solutions/white-papers/h7205-backup-recovery-sql-server-celerra-wp.pdf

that is that part i am wondering if their charge for aes is worth or industry standard.
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anushahannaAuthor Commented:
coredatarecovery, it does the backup to tape.. i am not sure that it is encrypted hardware
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jimbeam69Connect With a Mentor Commented:
it appears p 13 most likely refers to aes 256 which is open and free (most other software tools will have it as well). i like this quote:
the main aims of selecting a solution are significant throughput and minimization of storage utilization
 
I guess this product is for people who don't care about money!
Well, if you can afford it....buy it.
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anushahannaAuthor Commented:
>>I guess this product is for people who don't care about money!
Well, if you can afford it....buy it.

what do you suggest for SQL Server?
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jimbeam69Commented:
what exactly are your needs? corporate, number of dbs, etc.
what features are you looking for
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anushahannaAuthor Commented:
I understood from your statement that legato networker is costly. the need is to run sql backups on 30 databases every night on three server.
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