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So the Preacher Says to the Choir...

That's the way it started to sound as Network Appliance rolled out a broad-based security strategy last week.

I know its just the latest in a long line of marketing gambits. Still, one of the central tenets of NetApp's new strategy is that customers are just waking up to the vulnerability of enterprise data. (See NetApp Unveils Initiative.) That’s a bit audacious, and in my opinion, really off-base.

What I found even more striking about NetApp’s Uncompromised Security Initiative is that the vendor itself seems to be waking up to the value of its Decru division, acquired last June. Decru’s DataFort line leads the security storage market by a couple of different measures – encryption strength and government certification.

And to my mind, that makes a better story than recycled headlines of data loss. Indeed, while they’re at it, why shouldn't NetApp take it a step further and combine storage security with the policy and network management aspects of NetApp’s Ontap framework?

I'm not talking about a general positioning statement, as NetApp made with its USI last week. Instead, it would be great to see specific new software packages that make it easier to store stuff securely and retrieve it without spending the better part of a day, or a small fortune.

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