The Built in Spiceworks program is an initiative aimed at helping stealth mode and early-stage startup technology brands like Obliterase test and validate their products and services with a select group of IT professionals before public launch. Obliterase launched its app in the Spiceworks App Store as a fully integrated product.
Obliterase for Spiceworks is the app that's fully integrated into Spiceworks, but it's also a standalone application that performs Department of Defense grade data erasure.
"We’re breaking new ground as the first B2B technology startup to co-engineer and launch a seamless, fully integrated product within Spiceworks," said Steve Wood, Obliterase CEO and board member of the World Computer Exchange. "Our integrated security solution is now available through the Spiceworks App Center, making it easy for organizations to destroy their data and meet regulatory compliance like HIPAA without leaving Spiceworks."
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Obliterase offers a Home Edition ($29.99), a Small Business Edition ($59.99), an Enterprise Edition ($89.99), and Obliterase for Spiceworks (Monthly Subscription). For all but the Spiceworks integrated product, you purchase a limited number of data wipes.*
In its complete form (Enterprise Edition or Spiceworks integrated), Obliterase offers the following features:
- Erasure verification
- Offers military-grade algorithm
- Removes HPA & DCO protected areas
- Detailed Hardware report
- Erases USB flash drives
- Erases multiple hard drives
- Record of serialized erasure maintained
- 17 algorithms for compliance***
Obliterase (standalone) is delivered as an ISO file that you burn to a CD, DVD, or USB flash drive and the boot your system to it to select the drive you wish to wipe.
I haven't used Obliterase yet, so I can't report on how effective or how easy it is to use. The free trial is for Spiceworks and I don't currently have it running. My Spiceworks system was decommissioned a few weeks ago (Sad face). I have used other similar products such as DBAN and liked it quite well. DBAN is very good, but has its limitations. Blancco products are more versatile than DBAN is and cover a wider range of platforms.
It appears, from the FAQ, that Obliterase only works on Windows and Linux-based computers. Sorry Mac types, you're out of luck.
There's one thing that separates Obliterase from the competition however: The Spiceworks community vetted Obliterase. What do I mean by that, you ask? Well, Spiceworks has an active user community that exceeds 6 million worldwide IT pros. If a large community like that says that an application is good enough to be integrated with Spiceworks, then there's a good chance you're going to love the product too.
If you're aware of any community of IT pros, you know that they don't hold back or edit themselves when testing a product. There's no shortage of rancid commentary if something doesn't work as advertised. My point is that, if a product can survive the Spiceworks community vetting process, it's a darn good product and you should try it.
Spiceworks is the professional network 6 million IT professionals use to connect with one another and over 3,000 technology brands. The company simplifies how IT professionals discover, buy and manage more than $600 billion in technology products and services each year. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Spiceworks is backed by Adams Street Partners, Austin Ventures, Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), Goldman Sachs, Shasta Ventures and Tenaya Capital. For more information visit http://www.spiceworks.com.
Obliterase is a best-practice provider of data security technologies managed over a cloud-based SaaS platform. The company provides data erasure solutions that help organizations around the world meet regulatory compliance while improving efficiencies in lifecycle management and decommissioning of IT assets. Headquartered in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Obliterase was engineered at the University of New Hampshire’s Research Computing Center and is privately held.
*Aren't you glad we don't purchase certain paper products that way. I'm just saying.