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Vol. 7 No. 2 April 2008

Our View: Encryption is too hard

About 50% of the storage managers Storage editors have spoken with or surveyed are encrypting tapes. Our research suggests the rest aren't ready to jump on the encryption bandwagon any time soon. According to a Symantec study, 63% of IT pros say a "data leak" would wreak havoc. And 59% of those pros are girding themselves for a "major loss-of-information event at least once every five years." Scary news, but not scary enough to get non-encryptors to scramble those tape-borne bytes. Storage managers will take the hit for lost tape data, but there's plenty of blame to go around, starting with storage vendors. With pro-prietary encryption key management schemes, it's no wonder storage teams are loathe to take the plunge, as getting locked into one encryption vendor means forever. Vendors can offer all kinds of encryption options, but until they support a unified, or at least federated, key management system, encryption will remain a hard sell. --Rich Castagna

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Features in this issue

  • Is iSCSI good enough?

    by  Deni Connor

    Organizations of all sizes have adopted iSCSI because it's easy to install, inexpensive, behaves just like Ethernet and doesn't require specialized skill sets like Fibre Channel does. But do analyst claims that iSCSI performance falls short of that for Fiber Channel hold up?

  • Survey: Fibre Channel rules planned purchases

  • Automate application recovery

    by  Eric Burgener

    Today's application continuity computing (ACC) products are best suited for small- and medium-sized businesses, and are focused exclusively on Exchange, which most companies now consider a business-critical application. But the concentration on Exchange will likely change over the next few years, as several ACC vendors plan support for SQL Server and SharePoint in the future.

Columns in this issue

  • Best Practices: High hopes for thin provisioning

    Thin provisioning is a promising way to address allocation and performance. One of the biggest challenges when using the technology is knowing where your data lives, and whether it can be tracked or recovered if there's a catastrophic component failure.

  • Storage Bin 2.0: Winds of change push storage into a new era

    The transactional computing era is over. The Internet computing era is dragging data into the "cloud," and this new era will rain more files--and bigger files--down on you than you can ever imagine.

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