No more dodging storage security


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No more dodging storage security

It may have taken a while to get everyone's attention, but security should now be at the top of every storage manager's to-do list.

It's January and you know what that means. No more end-of-year parties, office decorations or easy work weeks. January is all about setting annual goals and living up to New Year's resolutions. In other words, it's time to knuckle down and figure out your storage priorities for the upcoming year.

Last month, I predicted that one of the dominant trends we'll see in storage in 2006 is a greater focus on security [see "

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Storage predictions for 2006 (Part one)," Storage, December 2005]. This is an issue near and dear to my heart because I've been one of the few storage security voices over the past few years. But now it seems like everyone is jumping on the storage security bandwagon--end users, vendors, service providers, etc. Heck, even other storage analysts are starting to take notice.

Beyond the basics
As security gains visibility and momentum this year, the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) believes the storage community will move beyond security basics and close the year with a new set of acronyms, buzzwords and--most importantly--security knowledge. In this context, in 2006 my previous high-level prediction of "storage meets security" will be eclipsed; this will be the year when the storage security rubber finally meets the road.

I know what you're thinking. What should we anticipate when storage security becomes commonplace? Because the year is still quite young, allow me to elaborate with a list of three specific storage security trends for 2006.

This was first published in January 2006

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