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Vol. 7 No. 5 July 2008

Our View: Like passwords for chocolate

From the hall of marketing oddities comes a publicity stunt from Infosecurity Europe, which threw politically correct caution to the wind in April when it released the results of an experiment saying that women were four times likelier than men to give up their passwords in exchange for chocolate. But that's just the hook that draws eyeballs to the press release, which contains more substantive (if alarming) facts about how willing people are to give out their personal information. For example, 61% of people gave their birth date when told it would validate the findings, and researchers were able to ascertain that more than half of those interviewed use the same password for everything. But we wonder if the results would have been more useful if the study had focused on money instead. That's often the true motivation for data breaches and, as far as we know, has no gender bias. --Beth Pariseau

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Features in this issue

  • Solid State: New frontier for storage

    Solid-state media is starting to show up as an option for traditional storage arrays because it offers higher performance and lower power consumption. However, there are still reliability concerns related to wear out, the slower write performance of flash cells, and issues related to array management and interoperability.

  • DLT-S4 tape drives at bargain prices

  • Here comes 8Gig Fibre Channel

    New 8Gb/sec host bus adapters (HBAs) and switch devices have started arriving. But with storage arrays incorporating the new, higher speed technology still months away, end-to-end 8Gb storage infrastructures are still in the planning stages. Storage managers can get a jump on their 8Gig configurations by upgrading switches and HBAs now, or by considering networking gear that supports Fibre Channel over Ethernet.

  • Server blades and storage

    by  Ellen O'Brien

    Many IT shops are moving from traditional rack-mounted servers to blade configurations in hopes of reducing power and floor space requirements in their data centers. But combining blade architectures with server virtualization can cause problems with I/O and storage systems.

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