Wednesday, May 2, 2007

HP's DRAGON Provides Telecom Data Retention

HP announced a new data retention solution for telecommunication service providers that are being asked by governments to join the fight against global terrorism, organized crime and drug trafficking.

The HP Data Retention and Guardian ONline (DRAGON) solution aims to help service providers to collect and store data from a variety of sources, such as fixed and mobile telephony, email and voicemail, Internet usage, IP telephony, text messaging, and even usage of custom calling features such as call waiting, three-way calling and call forwarding.

HP said the system is a scalable system that enables them to capture massive volumes of voice and data traffic on their networks, retain it for months and years, and retrieve selected records -- almost in real time -- if asked by government agencies.

HP DRAGON is currently deployed with seven telecom service providers in Italy and Turkey. The European Union has approved data retention requirements and its 27 member nations are incorporating the legal framework into national legislation.

Security features are enabled through powerful user authentication controls as well as data and document encryption. All operations are fully auditable.

The HP DRAGON offering consists of a wide variety of products and services, including HP Integrity servers, HP ProLiant servers, ATCA-based HP blade servers, HP ILM Tiered Storage solutions including HP StorageWorks XP Arrays, HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Arrays, and nearline and offline storage products, HP DRAGON software, HP BSS software, and HP services and support.

The solution also includes important technologies from industry leaders such as Cisco (application-aware networking) and Oracle (database).

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