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Vol. 3 No. 2 April 2004

Storage vendors need to start thinking about security

Storage vendors range from multibillion-dollar market leaders such as EMC, NetApp and Veritas, to startups such as AppIQ, Data Domain and Sepeton. While all vendors provide some level of security protection, most of their attention is focused on developing products with higher performance or lower operating costs. In the past, limited storage security was acceptable when applications and data lived within the four corporate walls--but this is no longer the case. Since the mid-1990s, companies have opened their systems to outsiders via the Internet in order to exploit revenue opportunities, improve business efficiencies and reduce costs. In addition to Internet-based threats, corporate employees also present a distinct security risk. According to the 2003 Computer Security Institute/Federal Bureau of Investigation survey, 77% of respondents believe that disgruntled employees are a likely source of attack. As security concerns increase, storage security laissez faire is no longer acceptable. Storage vendors must enhance security ...

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  • IP storage delivers

    by  Johanna Ambrosio

    Despite all the FUD surrounding IP SANs, early users say IP-based storage isn't all that difficult to manage and that performance is sufficient. The key is knowing what applications IP SANs should be used for.

  • Disaster recovery relief

    The cost of disaster recovery tools can be even more than the value of the data that these very tools are supposed to be protecting. Fortunately, newer approaches to DR are restoring sanity to this high-pressure task.

  • Wrestling with regulations

    by  Bill O'Brien

    In the health care industry, complicated regulations such as HIPAA, combined with new technologies that require enormous amounts of storage, are driving storage managers to the emergency room.

  • Extreme backup

    by  Arun Taneja

    Newsflash: Conventional data protection has reached its limits and will be dramatically changing in the next couple of years. But all roads don't lead to the same result. Here's how to analyze which route is best for you.

  • Get control of capacity

    Although storage resource management tools can be complicated to implement, they're a better alternative to breaking the bank and rushing out to purchase more storage. Get precise with your vendors on what you need and you'll wind up with better results.

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