There is no longer a question as to whether large organizations need log management solutions. But as log management and analysis needs evolve, legacy products can't scale, accommodate uncommon log file formats, or provide the right level of real-time or historical analysis. These requirements are driving a transition to a new model called log management warehousing. Similar to "top-down" data warehousing, log management warehousing will evolve to become a centralized enterprise service over the next few years.
By far, the number one question users considering a move to cloud storage ask is whether or not their data will be secure. Storing data offsite doesn't change data security requirements; they are the same as those facing data stored onsite. Security should be based on business requirements for specific applications and data sets, no matter where the data is stored. Users evaluating cloud storage service providers should demand the same type of security controls they would in their own data centers with regard to physical security, data encryption, and network security.
To protect sensitive data, many storage vendors now offer encryption capabilities with their enterprise-class systems. In spite of increasing privacy legislation and an avalanche of publicly-disclosed data breaches, most large organizations believe their enterprise storage systems are relatively well-protected and thus continue to forego encryption. Some storage vendors are now proposing self-encrypting drives for another use case: data destruction. By deleting encryption keys, these vendors believe they can help enterprises automate data destruction processes. In theory, this is true—but ESG research demonstrates that, though key deletion for data destruction may have some niche market appeal, it is not a “killer app” for storage encryption across the broad enterprise market.
Jon Oltsik is an ESG senior principal analyst and the founder of the firm’s information security service. With over 25 years of technology industry experience, Jon is widely recognized as an expert in all aspects of information security and is often called upon to help customers understand a CISO's perspective and strategies. Recently, Jon has been an active participant with cybersecurity issues, legislation, and technology within the U.S. federal government.
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