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Vol. 5 No. 7 September 2006

Getting started with encryption key management

What you need to know about encryption key management If encryption isn't in your shop yet, it will be soon. Learn how to manage it before it's too late. Three years ago, storage encryption generated more head scratching than interest. Storage was assumed to be a technology layer hidden behind well-protected server hardware and OSes. Encryption was a topic for intelligence agencies, math gurus and networking professionals, but not the storage team. That mindset seems quaint today. When it comes to storage encryption, we now know the following: Users get it. Between February 2005 and July 2006, there were 17 publicly disclosed data breaches, according to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. More than 9 million Americans had their personal information exposed in these breaches. Given the potential cost and damage of a publicly disclosed data breach, storage professionals are evaluating and purchasing tape encryption solutions in record numbers. Vendors are responding. Last year, Network Appliance bought Decru, while NeoScale Systems ...

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Features in this issue

  • Tricky backup for SharePoint

  • CDP: Look before you leap

    Some pundits have postulated that continuous data protection (CDP) will replace backup. But is that just new technology hyperbole or is CDP a must-have technology?

  • Backup-to-disk performance tuning

    Disk-based backup can lower costs, reduce complexity and add scalability. But to achieve top performance, you'll need to do lots of benchmarking and watch for poorly configured production storage.

Columns in this issue

  • Backup best practices are always evolving

    Some new advances in backup, such as virtual tape libraries, represent evolutionary enhancements to the traditional backup process, while others like continuous data protection and single-instance storage are potentially far more transformational.

  • 10 points to consider before deploying an e-mail archive

    Selecting an e-mail archiving application based solely on features and functions may result in unexpected administration costs. Consider these 10 points before deploying an e-mail archiver.

  • Some small tech upstarts might play big roles

    Storage Bin: The big storage vendors are always trying to steal a piece of each other's pie. But some small tech upstarts might play big parts in determining who comes out on top.