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IBM Data Retention Solution Wins Data Protection Summit "Best of Show" Award for Most Innovative Data Protection Technology


Exhibiting leadership in data retention and information lifecycle management, IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today that the IBM System Storage DR550 was named “Best of Show” for Most Innovative Data Protection Technology in the Information Lifecycle Management category at the first annual Data Protection Summit in Irvine, California. The “Best of Show” Awards recognize companies whose products and services have raised the bar for data protection.

The IBM System Storage DR550, IBM’s leading Data Retention system, is designed to help businesses meet the growing challenge of efficiently managing and securing retention managed data and other critical information assets with operational efficiency. The DR550 design integrates storage tiering to minimize costs over the long term and to maximize operational efficiency. Customers have the flexibility to create multiple tiers within the archive, select the storage media for each tier, and define the criteria for moving data. The DR550 incorporates data migration capabilities that allow data to be migrated from older to newer storage systems as technology makes advances over the lifetime of the data.

The DR550 also provides added security with advanced data encryption options and key management, and supports encryption by the IBM System Storage TS1120 tape drive, IBM’s industry-leading native tape encryption offering. Additionally, the DR550 helps customers lower their ever-increasing costs from power and cooling in the data center by monitoring which tiers of data need to be accessed and which can remain idle, thus saving power and energy.

“Awards like the ’Best of Show’ from the Data Protection Summit distinguish the benefits of IBM’s comprehensive approach of extracting value from data with the use of intelligent solutions that help customers efficiently meet the unique challenges of long term data retention,” said Kristie Bell, vice president, IBM System Storage.

As organizations address new regulatory and legal compliance requirements, they must ensure that necessary documents and records are available with their original information and accessible when needed. The DR550 is an integral component to IBM’s extensive archiving and data retention offerings.

About The Data Protection Summit

The 1st annual Data Protection Summit is designed to provide attendees with practical information on the current state of data protection. The Summit will include half-day tutorials on data security, compliance, mobile security, and legal issues and privacy; presentations on security, privacy, and data protection; and keynotes and panel discussions by industry luminaries. The Summit is open to everyone involved in the design, development, integration, marketing, use, or support of products, hardware, or software related to data protection. For more information, visit

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