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Vol. 2 No. 2 April 2003

SSPs Move to Bolster Security

Desktop backups don't happen automatically. "Any method that requires the user to do something won't get done. It's like flossing teeth," says Carl Lazarus, vice president of operations at Connected, an online backup service provider. Although automatic backup has been promoted by backup service providers, adoption has been hampered by concerns over security. SwapDrive, one such service provider, recently allayed those fears by deploying storage security firm DeCru's DataFort encryption product. With DataFort, backups are encrypted in transit and at rest, that is, on the storage devices themselves. According to David Steinberg, SwapDrive CEO, security "was the last barrier getting customers to feel comfortable backing up their data off site." Potential customers would pose questions such as 'What if someone stole your storage?' It automatically eliminated a lot of desirable customers." While SwapDrive "can't declare victory yet," encrypting customers' backup data "has opened the doors to government and financial deals we ...

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Features in this issue

  • Virtual SANs bring order to chaos

    by  Marc Farley

    What will Cisco's embedded virtual SAN technology in its new MDS switch line mean to storage managers? For starters, a new way to manage SANs as they spread across the company.

  • Midrange or high end: what's right for you

    by  Jim Booth

    While the line is blurring, it's not gone. We look at what really differentiates high-end from midrange storage. And we look at the virtues of combining them.

  • USC Spurns Usual Tape Suspects

    In his role as director of emerging technologies at the University of Southern California (USC), Mike Lin is responsible for storing and backing up between 50TB to 100TB of data, for faculty and students alike.

  • Is storage management software worth it?

    High prices, deep discounts, expensive deployments, uncertain vendor commitment--what's a storage manager to think? We help decode the confusion that abounds in this market.

  • SATA drive challenges SCSI functionality

    When it comes to disk drives, suitability for enterprise or desktop applications has little to do with the interface, but with the drive's underlying mechanical platform.

  • Storage managers grapple with Windows

    by  David Braue

    The spread of Windows into ever-more serious applications and the growth of data on Windows servers means that more storage managers are attaching Windows hosts to their SANs. Along with that comes the need to decide whether Windows-based storage management software is the way to go.

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