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Vol. 2 No. 4 June 2003

Are you keeping your SAN secure?

Lately, I've started seeing a flood of storage security products appear in development. At the same time, our customers have begun asking about security security management groups in storage area network (SAN) deployment planning. Clearly, concern about SAN security is on the rise, but what can be done? The key is to focus on the concerns of today and tomorrow, but learn from the past and keep an eye out for the headaches of next week. With SAN security, this means watching the current pathways into the SAN and securing management interfaces in the short term. In the long term, larger SANs--extended with technologies like iSCSI and virtualization--need dedicated focus and products to enhance security. Now is the time to prepare for this future, but a lack of shipping products means implementation will have to wait. Confidentiality, integrity and availability Security breaches are often assumed to involve someone gaining access to information, but can also involve disruption of operations. In general, the topic of security ...

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    Snapshot and replication are important tools in building a foolproof disaster recovery plan. This article helps you pick the optimal solution that fits within your budget and is best suited for your company's individual backup needs.

  • The case for network smarts

    Let's face it: SANs as they currently exist only deliver about half of what you might hope for in the way of efficiency and optimal utilization. The best bet to deliver the other 50% is network-based storage intelligence. You'll have to get past the magic-wand claims for this latest pancea from storage vendors, though. And not every incarnation of smart switches or appliances is going to be right for you.

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