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Vol. 1 No. 7 September 2002

The road to practical SAN security

As storage networks grow from isolated data center environments to IP-enabled networks spanning the world, users are starting to consider issues with security. Along with greater flexibility and consolidation of storage, the networking of storage has brought along the other risks of networks: hacking, denial of service, data theft and network availability. This article looks at some of the fears and worries of storage managers, and emerging solutions they hope will keep security threats away from their networks. Security concerns for storage Until recently, security was rarely considered an issue in storage. Dedicated storage was secure by nature, and storage networks were mostly installed within the bounds of physically secure data centers. The issue hasn't been security, but ensuring data integrity and allocating storage. Even with the rapid growth of storage networks, security concerns have only increased incrementally, mostly to handle allocation of shared storage, which has been dealt with by implementing zoning and LUN ...

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