Seagate has announced that it has shipped more than 1 million self-encrypting laptop and enterprise hard drives. Seagate now ships 24 products in a family of self-encrypting drives (SEDs) that includes Savvio, Cheetah, Constellation ES, and Constellation. Seagate enterprise SED shipments have tripled over the past two quarters, while the company's laptop SED shipments have doubled in each of the past three years.
Seagate has managed to reach the milestone thanks to support from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and independent software vendors (ISVs). Six OEMs (Dell, Fujitsu, Hitachi, IBM, LSI, and Network Appliance) currently offer products powered by Seagate enterprise SEDs. Seagate's ISV partnerships have grown to include security leaders Credant, McAfee, Mobile Armor, Secude, Softex, Symantec, Wave Systems, and WinMagic. They provide management software so that organizations can easily manage and protect encryption keys and passwords to simplify deployments of Seagate's Momentus and Momentus Thin SEDs.
Seagate's family of Savvio, Cheetah, Constellation, and Momentus SEDs have secured FIPS 140-2 certification from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The company thus has the first laptop and enterprise HDDs with the government certification, which clears the way for deployments of Seagate SEDs by all US and Canadian federal agencies, many state and local governments, and multiple regulated industries. Several OEMs are now qualifying Momentus SEDs that are compliant with the Trusted Computing Group's Opal specification, issued by the international body in 2009, and which aims to increase the adoption of SEDs.