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Add EKM component back into newer versions of Java, for hardware based encryption
In Java 5, delivered as part of IBM i, there was an EKM component used for hardware based encryption of backup tapes, included at no additional charge. We use this for ALL of our IBM i backups for the last 10 years, as it was a 'set it and forget it' configuration. Now, as we get ready to upgrade all our systems to IBM i 7.3, I discovered that this capability was not brought forward to the newer versions of Java, but has been replaced by a chargeable option called SKLM. Not only do we have to pay for the encryption feature on the tape library, but also have to add additional complexity and cost to our environment to encrypt our backups.
With IBM i 7.1, we have a simple configuration to manage the encryption of backups and the replacement solution is going to add significant complexity, along with additional cost.
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