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Imation Announces Availability Of IronKey Workspace For Windows To Go

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Imation Corp. (NYSE: IMN), a global scalable storage and data security company, today announced beta availability of its IronKey™ Workspace, certified for deployment of Windows To Go. The IronKey Workspace lets organizations outfit mobile professionals with a secure, fast USB platform to run Windows To Go from a USB stick on multiple compatible PCs, an ideal solution for teleworkers, contractors, and those implementing BYOD (“bring your own device”) strategies.

The IronKey Workspace is certified for deployment of Windows To Go, a feature of Windows 8 that lets enterprise users boot a full version of Windows 8 from an external USB drive on compatible host PCs.

“The traditional and static arrangement of the software instance of the user’s workspace bound to a single hardware device no longer fits the personal computing requirements of a growing population of workers and, for that matter, their employers; breaking this software-to-hardware linkage is essential,” said Michael Suby, Stratecast’s vice president of Research at Frost & Sullivan. “PC on a Stick addresses this need by infusing complete and secure workspace portability into the realm of personal computing.”

Organizations running Windows 8 Enterprise Edition can provision a Windows desktop onto the IronKey Workspace to create a PC on a Stick™ – with the operating system and data contained on the USB drive, while still leveraging the host PC’s hardware and resources, such as monitors, cameras, and network connections.

The IronKey Workspace provides a fast, easy, and cost effective way to empower mobile workers with Windows To Go. Features and benefits of the IronKey Workspace include:

  • Speed: The IronKey Workspace drive delivers over five times the minimum read/write performance required for Windows To Go certified devices. Users will experience a responsive and smooth-running system, thanks to USB 3.0 SuperSpeed technology and sequential read performance of up to 400+ MB/second, and sequential write speeds of up to 300+ MB/second.
  • Security: IronKey Workspace protects an organization’s data by leveraging Windows To Go’s BitLocker password protection capabilities and up to 256-bit AES full disk encryption. Devices, data, and applications are automatically protected the moment a user removes the drive from their host PC.
  • Capacity options: Available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities to meet a range of user needs.

The IronKey Workspace for Windows To Go will be available in early December worldwide through Imation’s network of channel partners or Imation Sales. US customers can order beta versions of the IronKey Workspace drives now at http://store.imation.com/security. Manufacturer’s list price is US$129 for the 32GB model, US$215 for 64GB, and US$389 for 128GB. Additional specifications can be found at: http://www.imation.com/en-US/Mobile-Security/Mobile-Security-Products/Secure-Mobile-Workspace/IronKey-Workspace/.

“Windows To Go is a key feature of Windows 8 Enterprise that will impact the way organizations empower mobile workers. Imation’s IronKey Workspace is one of a handful of drives certified to deliver the Windows 8 desktop experience on a USB flash drive,” said Stella Chernyak, senior director of product marketing, Windows Enterprise, Microsoft Corp.

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