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Vol. 2 No. 11 January 2004

Disk encryption: not just for paranoids

As direct-attached storage (DAS) moves to storage area networks (SANs), a question asked more often of storage administrators these days is: "How safe is our data?" The question is being asked for a couple of reasons. First, attaching storage to networks introduces security vulnerabilities that didn't exist in the DAS era. And companies are increasingly facing regulations requiring that they take extra steps to keep sensitive customer information private. The risk associated with sending backup data over an unprotected IP network is obvious. But even an isolated SAN is vulnerable to attack. Many switches, host bus adapters (HBAs) and other fabric elements use management console interfaces that rely on out-of-band connections that are only minimally protected. "The management interfaces are the first security vulnerability in a SAN fabric that people should look at," says Nancy Marrone-Hurley, a senior analyst with the Enterprise Storage Group (ESG) in Portland, OR. "But there are many other potential problems that most storage ...

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  • Plan on disk-based backup

    by  Shane O'Neill

    Will 2004 be a breakthrough year for disk-based backup solutions? A new survey of Storage readers finds that while users are reluctant to completely eliminate tape from their backup environments, many are planning to deploy disk to complement tape in the next year.

  • Modular arrays earn new trust

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  • Getting ready for IP SANs

    by  James Damoulakis

    IP SANs promise benefits to groups within your organization that up until now haven't had access to these kinds of capabilities. But before you even think of deploying an IP SAN, read this article.

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