Fastest drive wipping - world record set by Blancco
3] JOENSUU, Finland-- Data security specialist Blancco has announced
a world record for the speed at which its Pro 4.7 software can securely
overwrite large amounts of hard drive data.
Their product Blancco - Pro was able to erase
210 terabytes of data in a production environment within 19 hours,
which translates to erasure speed over 184 GBs per minute and over
3 GBs per second!
unnamed datacentre customer in Germany recently used the product
on its fibre channel SAN to destroy 210TB of data held on a large
number of hard disks in only 19 hours. This was equivalent to wiping
184GB every minute, or 3.06GB every second, the company said.
hard disk was overwritten seven times using a proprietary data destruction
algorithm to meet the highest security standards possible, as part
of an end-of-life cycle for the hardware. According to Blancco,
the feat was accomplished thanks to the product’s ability to send
wipe commands to a large number of drives at one time, making the
whole process parallel. Desktop PC drive overwriting assumes serial
addressing, and is therefore much slower.
“Obviously speed is an issue,” commented Blancco product manager,
Mikko Koponen. “If you are erasing at normal speeds, the erasure
would take days or even weeks.”
“Customers are not aware that when datacentres
get rid of data there is not provision for data wiping,” he said.
“The datacentre doesn’t want to pay for the erasure because it [data]
belongs to the customer.”