I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone – Bill Cosby

The same could be said for storage and bloat ware software, the more you try to do, the more spaghetti code you pack into your once small secure kernel creating more places your secure kernel can be breached or just be broken. With Enterprise storage you just can’t keep it simple and please everyone.

But at least one NetApp engineer at a German show thinks customer education is the key to security and will help them avoid ripping out infrastructure. As most veteran NetApp customers know there are some issues, especially with the CIFS code.
“In addition to building security into all areas of its product portfolio, NetApp has rolled out a variety of educational tools to help customers better understand their data security risks and the ways they can tune their IT infrastructure to mitigate those risks without having to rip and replace or make unrealistic investments,” said Mike Walters, consultant systems engineer at NetApp.”

How much education is required on your storage subsytems for your data to be secure? Is your storage vendor’s software secure? How can you tell?

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