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Vol. 5 No. 12 February 2007

Flash drives lock down data

USB flash drives are great for their portability, ease of use and size. But if you're a storage manager, you hate them for those same reasons. Aside from disabling the USB ports on laptops, you just have to do your best to ensure the data they store doesn't fall into the wrong hands. A few years ago, USB drive makers tried to build biometric sensors into their drives to restrict access. It was a neat idea that proved unreliable. Now Lexar and Kingston Technology are enabling encryption on their latest thumb drives. Lexar's SAFE PSD S1100 uses 256-bit AES encryption, and manages encryption keys centrally. So does Kingston in the privacy edition of its DataTraveler Secure, which allows a hacker just 10 tries to crack the code before becoming permanently locked out. The 1GB version of Lexar's SAFE drive is priced at $64, while the Kingston 1GB DataTraveler costs approximately $80, roughly twice the cost of a non-encrypting device. --Rich Castagna

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Features in this issue

  • Integrating iSCSI and FC storage

    Mixing iSCSI with Fibre Channel (FC) allows you to make more efficient use of installed storage capacity, but marrying the two protocols isn't without its challenges. Bringing iSCSI into existing FC SANs raises integration issues and leads to a somewhat more complex storage infrastructure that requires IP and FC knowledge, as well as the ability to manage and troubleshoot a multiprotocol storage environment.

  • Removable disk vies with tape

  • Clustering ERP apps

    For mission-critical apps, availability is the key. Clustering those applications can ensure they stay up and running, but clustering often conjures up images of complex technologies and an environment that's fragile and complex. Still, for most companies, the benefits of clustering are profound enough to mitigate its risks.

  • Protect laptop data

    When your company's data is mobile, it's far more vulnerable, so protecting laptop data is critical. Protecting data on laptops is a two-pronged process: ensuring the data is always available using backup, and securing data from prying eyes through encryption.

Columns in this issue

  • Classified data: For your eyes only

    Classified data: For your eyes only

  • Are you taking the iSCSI plunge?

    iSCSI has grown from a theoretical standard into a real technology with real storage products. Although once considered by many to be a Fibre Channel killer, iSCSI has gained a substantial foothold without necessarily displacing Fibre Channel. Companies of all sizes are taking the plunge, and the iSCSI juggernaut appears to be unstoppable.

  • Latest technological innovations coming from Europe

    Storage Bin: If you want to know where the latest technological innovations are coming from, go to Europe.

  • From worm to worst

    by  Stephen Foskett

    Everyone thinks about online data in the same way: You write it, read it, rewrite it and keep it forever. But many organizations have far more data that's written once, read a few times and kept alive forever. You might say this bulk data is "write once, read several times" (WORST), and it can bloat your storage environment.

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