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How many kinds of files are in use in your organization? Fifty? A hundred? More? Wrong. There are only two kinds of files: active files and inactive files. (I admit it was a trick question.) Users create a file - a spreadsheet, an image, an invoice, etc. As long as the file is being worked with, it's an active file. Users can share, collaborate, and edit the file to their heart's content, but eventually the file is no longer current, and it becomes inactive. But in this litigious and increasingly regulated world, there is no such thing as deleting a file. You're stuck with that inactive file, for years, if not forever, like your 30-year-old college dropout kid who still lives in the basement. Despite advances in technology and a proliferation of alternatives, the way we manage the growth in files has not changed much in the last decade or two. We let the volume ... (more)

How to Avoid Creating a Network Security Hole with Your Windows Server-Based App

Nowadays it's quite common for us to write server-based applications. These apps differ from desktop applications in many ways - one of the most important of which is how they handle security. For a desktop application, security is easy. The application runs in the security context of the user who loaded it. Whatever the user has rights to, the desktop app has rights to, and nothing more. Server-based applications, on the other hand, run all the time and have their own security context, in addition to others they may impersonate. For many of the server-based applications we migh... (more)

What's In Store For 2006?

Okay, summer's over. Let's get back to work... But first, let's look at what's new. Microsoft has taken WinFS, its new file system, out of the first release of its next operating system. The story is that WinFS will follow soon after the OS releases. For most of us, this is something we don't need to worry about for a couple of years, at least. EMC has reduced prices on its Celera line of NASes. Network Appliance still dominates the high-end NAS business and its alliance with NTP Software for storage management gives it a significant advantage in the marketplace. Speaking of NTP S... (more)

Storage & Security Journal: "Striking the Right Balance"

Storage is still one of the most costly and fastest-growing aspects of everyone's network and is likely to remain so for some time. Every network user is a storage user. We're all part of a community that shares the costs and the benefits of this expensive resource. Storage management can be a challenging task. There's so much hardware, so many alternatives, and so many issues that it's easy to get lost in the details and fail to see the forest for the trees. Networked storage is a service not a product. While hardware is necessary for you to provide the service, successful stor... (more)

End-to-End Application Security

Last month (.NETDJ, Vol. 1, issue 12) we demonstrated a simple technique that allows you to avoid storing passwords in clear text, making your .NET applications more secure and safer should they somehow be compromised. In this article, we want to step back a bit and look at the big picture: application security from end to end. When it comes to security, we developers are in charge. Security is not something that can be pushed off onto the network administrator; it is an integral aspect of an application's overall architecture. A well-built application should be inherently secur... (more)