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Vol. 2 No. 11 January 2004

Get your storage team serious about data storage security

For most of IT history, information security was considered a minor issue within the overall IT scheme. Security was the domain of super geeks--cryptographers, network jocks and whiz kids. Storage people didn't need to pay attention to security paranoia because they managed captive devices connected to dedicated hosts over SCSI cables. Storage had its own sandbox with a particular language, technology and protection. Life was good. Fast forward to today. More and more storage is connected over growing networks. Yes, we still have our own nerdy technology, such as Fibre Channel (FC), but IP networks--along with their associated security risks--continue their constant ascent in the storage world. Want some examples? Today, most backups occur over private storage subnets. Remember all the hoopla about backing up over the storage area network (SAN)? That turned out to be a joke. Storage management interfaces are exposed through standard Ethernet interfaces and are often connected to the production LAN. Ethernet and IP are gaining ...

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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

    Modular arrays have come a long way recently, but are you ready to risk all of your company's mission-critical data on them?

  • 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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