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Vol. 6 No. 11 January 2008

Editorial: Welcome to archiving hell

Welcome to archiving hell So you have an email archiving system in place and the archived missives and related attachments are safely tucked away on a content-addressed storage (CAS) or similarly secure storage system. Toss in a slick search tool and maybe an ediscovery app and you're ready for anything a regulatory agency or contentious court of law could throw at you, right? Hopefully. Maybe. Then again, probably not. While email has attained mission-critical status in most companies, instant messaging (IM) and digital phone systems haven't. And all three have something in common: They translate to digital storage in your systems. And digital stuff sitting on spinning disk has a chance of becoming crucial evidence. Archiving only email could mean your company is exposed on those other two corporate communications fronts. And depending on how much your company uses IM and VoIP, that exposure could be considerable. The VoIP part should be pretty easy to determine as all incoming messages are saved to disk, and many VoIP systems ...

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