The Paranoia3 is the latest in the Paranoia range of tape
encryption appliances to offer a simple way to implement encryption
into your existing environment.
Paranoia3 is designed to fit into your environment so there will
be no reason for you to change your IT systems or procedures. The
ease of use and simple system integration means Paranoia3 is
perfect in a disaster recovery situation, where fast retrieval of
data is of paramount importance. The fourth product in the family,
the Paranoia3 incorporates features learnt in the 16 years of
production and implementation of the Paranoia family of products by
users around the globe.
Paranoia3 is designed in such a way that it is transparent to
the host system. A large percentage of our customers are using the
units on the iSeries (AS400) platform and on standard Windows and
Unix platforms however many are in use on Legacy systems including
HP Nonstop (Tandem), Unisys, NEC, IBM AIX and HP9000. By being
truly transparent to the system all features that the system may
use are supported including boot from tape (Alternate IPL on AS400)
download of code to connected tape drives and diagnostics.
Paranoia3 design allows for almost any type and make of SCSI or
Fibre channel interfaced tape drive to be supported whatever the
age. Many companies are running a wide range of tape technologies
so using the Paranoia3 allows the same device to be rolled out
across the various systems, tape drives, autoloaders and tape
libraries within the business. As systems get upgraded the
Paranoia3 is simply moved to handle the new tape technology so
there is no reason not to protect even those systems due for
replacement in the near future.
Using an appliance based solution has a number of advantages
when compared to embedded encryption in the drive. The first and
most obvious is the fact that there is no need to change the tape
drives type to one that has the option for encryption. This removes
the need for a complete set of costly new media but more
importantly means your existing archive tapes can simply be
overwritten rather than needing to be copied to the new media and
then securely destroyed in order to meet the audit requirements.
There is also the advantage that the archive can be simply
converted to secure status using the SecureCopy3 unit without the
need for any system involvement. Compare this with having the
system time to do a tape to tape copy via the system for all of
Does your budget cover the cost of a complete replacement set of
high capacity media that you may not need the capacity?
Easy to Install and Manage
The Paranoia3 was designed to allow users to understand how to
install and configure the units in case of a disaster so ensuring
this could be done without adding to the recovery time. Management
is simple, straightforward and can be done either locally using the
serial interface or remotely across the LAN or WAN. The supplied
GUI allows for setting the level of encryption as well as catering
for the need to be able to read and/or write unencrypted tape if
required. With systems such as the IBM iSeries you simply VARY OFF
the device, fit theParanoia3 in line, VARY ON, set the keys and you
start running those secure backups with 30 minutes.
Designed to do the job
The Paranoia3 hardware is designed specifically to do the job of
encrypting data to tape, not simply a few add on cards to a PC
motherboard that some solutions use. By controlling all hardware
design and production DISUK are able to ensure the product runs as
efficiently as possible with no spare circuitry using excess power
and generated unwanted heat. With control over all aspect of the
device DISUK are able to ensure long term support and upgrades
throughout the life of the product. We can still produce and
support all previous models in the Paranoia family so ensuring long
term support. Your archives will likely go back at least seven
years so 10 years support is the minimum you are likely to need
with encrypted tapes.