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Oct 3 2013   2:11PM GMT

Nirvanix closeout: Is there a delete key for exabytes of data?

Sonia Lelii Sonia Lelii Profile: Sonia Lelii

You know the old adage that the last one out should turn off the lights? Well, in the case of  Nirvanix, the last person out needs to delete the petabytes of data stored on its infrastructure.

“My concern is if there is anybody left to deal with the data deletion,” said George Crump, president of analyst firm Storage Switzerland. “I haven’t heard any one talking about this. I don’t know if there will be any employees left to execute that function. Are there enough employees left to reformat the drives? There are no details about what happens on Oct. 16.”

The seven-year-old cloud provider has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and given customers an Oct. 15 deadline to get their data out of their cloud. Typically, Chapter 11 bankruptcy means a company intends to reorganize and recapitalize, but Nirvanix said it was filing to “maximize value for its creditors while continuing its efforts to provide the best possible transition to customers.”

Crump said if Nirvanix’s technology assets are sold at auction “there could be some problems. The assumption is that at some point, somebody will come in and clean things up and that includes the clear destruction of the data. But there are no details about what happens on Oct. 16.”

The Nirvanix high-end platform was designed for millions of users, billions of files and exabytes of data, which helped differentiate its offering from other cloud storage providers. Nirvanix used a geo-diverse namespace to create logical pools across all deployed nodes in a public, hybrid or private cloud implementations.

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  • Nicos
    This is a valid concern for organizations storing sensitive data in the Nirvanix cloud and something we have heard frequently over the past few days.

    There is good news for customers storing data encrypted at-rest (i.e. AES-256) via gateways and/or cloud integrated storage where the keys are maintained separately by the customer. With proper encryption and key management, there should be no concern about possible compromise of data. For all intents and purposes, the data is no longer accessible and the media meets enterprise standards for data disposal.

    Nicos Vekiarides
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