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Fibre Channel: Secure by Design

By Scott Shimomura posted 04-29-2016 11:41 AM


Cost of Data Center Downtime is $474,000 per hour


To say that downtime is costly would be the epitome of an understatement, and lost user and IT productivity is often just the beginning. With 22% of outages caused by cybercrime, a wide range of hard and soft costs such as specialized network security upgrades and reduced customer confidence can dramatically increase the financial damage. While you can’t prevent cybercrime, you can dodge the bulk of its bullets for data in a Fibre Channel storage network. 


Controlled Access

Unlike an Ethernet network, a Fibre Channel network is a dedicated resource that is isolated from everything else in the data center. Also unlike an Ethernet network, the default data access policy on a Fibre Channel network is NO access. No user sees any data on a Fibre Channel network without specific permission from an administrator, which is granted on a “need-to-see” basis.

The foundation for that administrator power is built into the fabric itself. Fibre Channel:

  • Isolates data from general-purpose networks
  • Controls all access to stored data
  • Encrypts inflight storage traffic
  • Ensures consistent security settings

All of this boils down to the fact that because the fabric manages connections between servers and storage, servers can only see what they’re allowed to see.


Inherently Secure

A Fibre Channel network is inherently secure because it is dedicated, isolated, and fundamentally access-controlled. Brocade Fibre Channel solutions have been delivering the security benefits of Fibre Channel for more than 20 years. To learn more about the value Fibre Channel can bring to your environment, check out the Brocade Fibre Channel Possibilities page.