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In most data centers, DCIM rests on a shaky foundation of manual record keeping and scattered documentation. OpManager replaces data center documentation with a single repository for data, QRCodes for asset tracking, accurate 3D mapping of asset locations, and a configuration management database (CMDB). In this webcast, sponsored by ManageEngine, you will see how a real-world datacenter mapping stored in racktables gets imported into OpManager, which then provides a 3D visualization of where assets actually are. You'll also see how the QR Code generator helps you make the link between real assets and the monitoring world, and how the layered CMDB provides a single point of view for all your configuration data.

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No Data Privacy In The Cloud

Most people understand that data in the cloud won’t have the same level of security and privacy that data inside your corporate firewall has. But some recent news has shown just how insecure your cloud-based data really is.

My colleague Howard Marks recently wrote about the problems with the Dropbox cloud storage service, and how they exposed the accounts of users. These problems led to Howard, and many other users, dropping their own use of Dropbox.

Of course, it wasn’t just the fact that Dropbox made it possible to log into anyone’s account that was the problem (as bad as that was). It’s also the fact that Dropbox has the keys to the encryption of the data, meaning the company (or any party it chose or was forced to give the keys to) could view your data.

The importance of someone else having access to your data became even clearer during the recent Office 365 launch, when Microsoft admitted to a ZDNet reporter that it would turn over data from European companies, in European-based servers, if the data was the subject of a U.S. Patriot Act investigation or request.

Now, everyone has always known that data held in U.S.-based server locations could be the subject of a Patriot Act request, and that the businesses and persons that were the subject of the request might not ever know if their data had been turned over. But I think a lot of companies, especially overseas, were surprised to find that the U.S. government could request their non-U.S.-based data simply if the company running the service was U.S.-based.

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