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Vol. 5 No. 11 January 2007

New storage standards from The Trusted Computing Group

The promise of painless storage security New specs from a standards group could bring easy-to-manage, built-in security to storage devices. Lately, it seems like the whole world has been drawn into information security. Whether it's consumers, government agencies or technology vendors, everyone now realizes that information security is the price we pay for pervasive global communications. Storage professionals and vendors are part of this mix, but a quandary exists. Storage devices are at the back of the technology stack, relatively blind to the software logic above. Protecting storage devices is a worthy goal, but what users truly want are information safeguards, not just spinning disks and magnetic media. Leading storage vendors have noticed this trend and are preparing strategies for information-centric security, a concept similar to secure information lifecycle management (ILM). The goal is to classify data based on business rules; protect data based on value; and enforce security, privacy and usage policies regardless of ...

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Features in this issue

  • Protect remote-office data

    Centralizing remote-office and branch-office (ROBO) apps and their data in the primary data center has enormous economies of scale. These remote-data apps cut the amount of data sent over the wire, making it possible to economically back up remote data to a central site. We provide a sampling of the various ROBO data management products on the market, and describe how they can best be implemented.

  • DC saves energy for storage

  • iSCSI for everybody

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