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Vol. 2 No. 8 October 2003

Storage and security groups working together

Over the past few years, business and technological pressures have forced storage teams to expand from the cozy world of Fibre Channel (FC), SCSI and host bus adapters (HBAs). To protect and move critical corporate data, storage gurus had to interface with networking and telecom departments and devise a plan for transporting information across LAN and WAN pipes. As the storage infrastructure became increasingly complex to manage, the storage staff had to coordinate the use of storage area network (SAN) management tools and processes with network operations. It's dÉjÀ vu all over again--but this time the cooperative union is with security. In the next few years, security requirements will be coming down the proverbial IT tracks and the storage team needs to jump on the train--quickly. What's driving this new partnership between the storage and security groups? Read the news any day: Internet connectivity, broadband in the home, e-business applications, Web services, wireless connectivity, global terrorism--you name the technology...

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