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Vol. 2 No. 6 August 2003

Do you encrypt your backup tapes?

Do You Encrypt Your Backup Tapes? Do you encrypt your backup tapes? If not, why? Where should encryption take place? Storage security companies take note: Hardly anyone encrypts their backup tapes, nor do they really feel like they should. A measly 4% of respondents indicate that they encrypt all their backup tapes, while another 6% say that they encrypt some of them. Why is that? First and foremost, users think it's unnecessary (62%), resting their hopes on their vaulting provider instead. "As long as the off-site storage location provides adequate security, encryption of data on the tapes does not seem necessary," writes one user. At the same time, users worry about being able to restore. As one user put it: "Tape restore of a large database is still a 50/50 proposition. Adding encryption doesn't help those odds."

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Features in this issue

  • Early Adopters Unequivocally Up About iSCSI Arrays

    After years of listening to iSCSI hype, some IT professionals are embracing a new generation of IP-based storage subsystems, a group that includes the PeerStorage Array 100E, an iSCSI array from Nashua, NH-based EqualLogic.

  • EMC Expands Reach of Symmetrix DMX

    The incredible expanding Symmetrix DMX

  • SRM Vendors Set Sights on Secondary Storage

    Storage resource management (SRM) has become a standard offering for primary storage from all of the major SAN management vendors. Now, a number of startups and established backup software makers have taken the features of SRM and aimed them at secondary storage.

  • File Virtualization Tackles NAS Management Woes

    Now that NAS farms have grown to multiterabyte proportions, management migraines usually associated with SANs have arisen, and virtualization--round two--has begun.

  • Can tools streamline provisioning?

    Virtualization was last year's buzz word, and it looks like provisioning may be this year's. We dissect what these tools actually do and how to choose which ones that are likely to actually be useful in your environment.

  • The best way to scale SANs

    by  Stephen Foskett

    SAN configurations greatly influence their scalability. There's no perfect model, but here are the trade-offs involved with each major option.

  • Why consolidate?

    Organizations trying to consolidate storage often find themselves creating SAN islands that perpetuate traditional stovepipes. Does this solve the problem?

  • E-mail: It's worse than you think

    by  Eric Knorr

    According to a 2003 study by Meta Group, 80% of businesspeople say e-mail is more essential than the telephone. However, storage managers are struggling to keep pace with the growth in message volume and retention requirements. however.

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