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Kasten Chase Surveys North American Storage Security

Study shows customer, marketplace needs and trends

by / July 17, 2003
TORONTO -- Kasten Chase, a provider of data security solutions, announced the results of a targeted market survey that illuminates the prevailing perceptions and attitudes toward data storage security within North American government and enterprise organizations.

The Storage Security Survey has support from, and the participation of, the eight corporations and storage vendors that make up the Secure Networked Storage Advisory Council.

Highlights of the survey include:

- SAN operators had, on average, 4.3 SANs located at 2.8 sites. Data storage averaged 18 TB and the average number of servers connected to a SAN was 54.

- Respondents indicated that their storage requirements would grow steadily over the next three years -- an average of 31 percent for 2003 and 34 percent for each of the next two years after that.

- 94 percent of respondents indicated that their clients are increasingly concerned about the level of data security used to protect the confidentiality of their personal information.

- 97 percent of respondents agreed that customers and investors might lose confidence and trust in their company if it could not demonstrate that an appropriate level of storage security is being used to protect their data.

The survey report is available for free to any interested party, and is available on Kasten Chase's Web site . The survey was designed in consultation with Secure Networked Storage Advisory Council members and administered by Kasten Chase. Twenty-one questions captured data and statistics relating to current and future storage usage, the technology being used on SANs, storage growth expectations, and business drivers for the protection of sensitive data.

Survey questionnaires were distributed and collected between April 1, 2003 and May 16, 2003 at three conferences in North America (SAN/NAS Summit, Storage Networking World - Phoenix, and the Canadian Information Technology Security Symposium).

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