Object Storage: S3 API and Security

Good post by Chris M Evans (thank you)

In the first post in this series on the S3 API, we looked at some general background information describing Amazon’s Simple Storage Service and the wealth of features it offers.  In this post we dig deeper into the way in which security features are implemented in S3.  The security aspects covered will include controlling access to data in S3; we’ll discuss the security characteristics of data at rest and in flight in another post.

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Unstructured Data is distracting Backup Administrators

Post by George Crump (thank you)

File based data accounts for more than 80 percent of capacity demand and backup administrators spend most of their time protecting this unstructured data. But the remaining set, structured data, will cause the organization the most harm if it is not recoverable. This data (databases, VM Images) requires special backups and fast recoveries. The key to protecting the organization from disaster is to eliminate the unstructured data protection problem. If backup administrators could focus 100% of their time on 20% of their problem, then organizations would be in a much better position to protect themselves from a disaster.

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Synology DiskStation DS1515+ Review

Post by Tucker Mindrum (thank you)

Synology’s new DiskStation DS1515+ is a 5-bay NAS that houses up to 30TB of raw storage, a quad-core 2.4GHz CPU, and up to 6GB RAM (with upgrade). It was designed for demanding use-cases and serves reported transfer speeds of 450MB/s and 396.5MB/s (read and write, respectively). Like many of Synology’s offerings, it also prioritizes security, providing AES-NI encryption with very little decrease in read speeds, in addition to a suite of other features. Each DS1515+ server is scalable up to 90TB (with two Synology DX513 expansion units), and multiple DiskStation servers can be consolidated through Synology’s Central Management System (CMS) for enhanced administrative efficiency. Account integration is easily done thanks to support for Windows AD, LDAP, and Domain Trust.

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IBM TS7700 Virtualization Engine LDAP Security – Introduction to Access Management


With system firmware level R1.7, released June, 2010, the IBM® TS7700 Virtualization Engine introduced support for LDAP security. TS7700 firmware level R2.0, released June, 2011, enhanced the implementation to include login restrictions for IBM service access.

With support of LDAP authentication, IBM provides the customer with the ability to effectively manage access to TS7700 systems. With LDAP support enabled, any user that attempts to access the TS7700 must pass authentication by the external, customer managed, LDAP server, rather than being authenticated by the storage system itself.

TS7700 firmware level R3.0, released November, 2012, enhanced the LDAP implementation to include support for direct communication with Microsoft Active Directory.

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