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Is Your Data Center for Real?

Counterfeiting is one of the most challenging issues facing the IT industry, according to the industry group Alliance for Gray Market and Counterfeit Abatement.

In a white paper published today, AGMA says one in ten IT products sold may be counterfeit, representing about $100 billion worth of global revenue.

IT gear is just as subject to counterfeiting as watches, DVDs, clothing, and music recordings. Instead of street corners, the venue of sale is the Internet.

One AGMA member says it doesn't matter how sophisticated a high-tech product may be. Wherever there's a big installed base and a high-margin potential, an opportunist is ready to open shop. "Industry-standard products -- hard drives, memory, networking products -- and those with significant profit margins are vulnerable," says Angela Narvaez, hardware ACS security program manager at Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ).

"Technical complexity is not necessarily a barrier to entry for a counterfeiter," says Peter Hunt, supply chain product and brand security manager at HP.

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