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Fear for Sale

6:15 PM -- Fear sells.

Politicians and parents know it. And so do storage vendors.

This week, we report that NeoScale Systems Inc. is trumpeting the management of encryption keys across multiple data centers. The vendor is also releasing its API in hopes storage partners will pick up on it and make this a data center must-have. (See All Keyed Up With NeoScale.)

But use of encryption is still remarkably limited. Do IT managers really need multivendor key management of storage gear at this particular time?

I am not saying key management isn't important. Indeed, according to this month's Byte and Switch Insider research report, it poses a major threat to storage network security. (See New Threats Drive Encryption and Insider: Encryption Means Planning.)

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