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IT Experts Consider iPhone Perils

A week after it was launched in a blaze of publicity, the Apple iPhone is already starting to make IT managers nervous. Experts cite the security risks posed by yet another network device, as well as the impact on firms' back-end storage. (See Getting & Securing Your iPhone and AEP Extends Security to Apple iPhone.)

With consumers snapping up more than half a million devices during their first few days on the market, service providers are likely to be the first to feel the iPhone storage burn. "It may change the way that service providers work," says Eric Birch, executive vice president of data center facilities specialist Degree Controls. "It's going to accelerate the ability of people in having everything available at their fingertips."

The exec expects the first signs of this change will be when consumers start downloading even more rich content. "The ability to download movies will mean more storage demand from service providers," he says.

For enterprises, the main challenge posed by iPhones is less about adding storage capacity, but more about making sure sensitive data is not plucked out of back-end arrays.

At least one user says he is already concerned about the security implications of hooking iPhones up to his servers and storage. "It's basically like another USB Flash drive -- it's something else that would be dangerous on the network," says Marty Hurd, network administrator of Concord, N.C.-based Cardinal Logistics.

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