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This article is part of the Vol. 7 No. 6 August 2008 issue of Betting on an enterprise-level virtual tape library (VTL)
When it comes to record retention and deletion, IT pros are expected to figure it out on their own. Some sweeping legislation (Sarbanes-Oxley, for example) simply isn't helpful when it comes to providing rules for records keeping; for example, it requires you to set and follow a policy so you don't delete things willy-nilly after an ediscovery request, but it doesn't tell you how to set that policy. And SEC, IRS, FRCP, HIPAA, SAS 70 and OSHA regulations, as well as state legislation, can all impact the same data. The confusion can sometimes lead to extreme measures, says Bob Barrett, CIO at Babcock Power Inc., a Worcester, MA-based utility company. "I had a CTO a few years back who had an interesting approach, but I'm not sure I have the guts to pull it off," says Barrett. "He had a filter that deleted every email he sent every two weeks." Of course, a company-wide policy on deletion is tough to enforce and something you have to get your in-house legal team to approve. Currently, Barrett is looking into EMC's Email-Xtender and IBM's CommonStore as possible ... Access >>>
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Lights, camera, storage!
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Ask the Experts: Tape media failure
Is there a way to anticipate tape media failures?
by Robert L. Scheier
Enterprise-class virtual tape libraries (VTLs) are an increasingly cost-effective destination for data that needs to be backed up or restored quickly, and isn't quite ready for offsite archiving. But the more complex the storage environment, the more attention users should pay to how the VTL provides scalability, performance, manageability and deduplication.
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In the four years we've conducted our Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Award for enterprise arrays, we've never had co-winners ... until now. EMC Corp. rode to the top on very strong scores in the product features and reliability sections, while co-winner NetApp was a model of consistency.
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Storage at your service
by Ellen O'Brien
Storage-as-a-service (SaaS) companies learned from the mistakes of their dot-com era predecessors. Today, SaaS is being driven by economic factors, as well as runaway data growth, compliance requirements, security issues and disaster recovery mandates. And a few well-established storage heavyweights entering the market hasn't hurt any.
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Storage Bin 2.0: The life and death of information
We sometimes complicate our processes to create a perception of increased value. Forget information lifecycle management and tiered storage; concentrate on the four simple stages of life for any kind of information.
Get your iSCSI game on: Best Practices
by Ashish Nadkarni
iSCSI is a mature protocol for accessing storage and a solid alternative to Fibre Channel. Technologies such as blade servers and server virtualization benefit from iSCSI as it lets you minimize the number of connections required. And because everything is IP-based, there's no more need to waste slots for host bus adapters, which simplifies your configuration.
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Backup gets a boost: Hot Spots
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Snapshots, continuous data protection and deduplication are making their way into traditional backup products. By capturing, transferring and storing less data in the backup process, organizations can back up more data to disk--retaining data on disk for longer periods of time or enabling disk-to-disk backup for more sets of data than before.
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