Cruzer® Enterprise – Product Review

Secure Enterprise-Grade Portable Storage from SanDisk

Cruzer® Enterprise is a USB drive specifically designed to meet the unique security, compliance, and manageability needs of enterprise-size businesses. It does not rely upon users to decide which files to secure. Instead it requires mandatory access control for all files, storing them in an encrypted, password-protected partition. This ensures security and protects stored data in the event of device loss or theft.

Cruzer Enterprise features ultra fast transfer speeds on USB2.0, a simple interface, and the ability to plug-and-play. It’s intuitive and practical enough for users to start using immediately.

With hardware based encryption and mandatory access control, Cruzer Enterprise helps IT managers more effectively protect information on company issued portable storage devices.

  • Hardware based 256-bit AES encryption, compared to the old military grade encryption of 128-bit
  • Mandatory access control for all files (100% private partition)
  • Strong password
  • “Lockdown” mode when a set number of incorrect password attempts are made
  • Centrally Manageable (Using SanDisk CMC software sold separately)
  • Ultra fast transfer speed – 24MB/s Read, 20MB/s write.*
  • Available in 1, 2, and 4GB** configurations
* Based on internal testing; performance may be lower depending upon host device
**1 megabyte (MB) = 1 million bytes; 1 gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion bytes. Some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions, and thus is not available for data storage.

Supported Platforms
  • Windows 2000 SP4 or higher
  • Windows XP SP1 or higher
  • Windows 2003 server
  • Windows Vista
And these are the ONLY platforms – presently – and it would appear from what I was told at the Insight Client Event 2008 that neither Linux nor Apple Mac will be supported in the near future which, I have to say, may be the wrong move.

I have had the opportunity to put this USB drive to the test with installing and running it and find it a very useful tool. The case is very rugged and will, so I am told, withstand quite some impact.

This is the ideal kind of USB drive for the emergency management officers of local government who often lose their, so it would appear, unencrypted “normal” drives. With the use of the Cruzer® Enterprise there is no danger of the data being compromised, and some of it, I am sure, is rather sensitive, as no one can, theoretically, get to the data secured on the Cruzer® Enterprise drives.

It does exactly what is says on the box

It works ONLY with the above mentioned Windows platforms and not, for instance, the Linux PC and server environment. In today's time where more and more agencies migrate to Linux, in it various forms, for desktop and other locations Linux support, including Debian for Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Edubuntu, etc., is a must, methinks.

It is very slow with systems with 256MB RAM and less

Reviewed by Michael Smith (Veshengro), February 2008