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Published: 22 Oct 2012

Capturing a firm's unstructured data is no easy task. That's what file archiving is designed to tackle, and it likely involves finding and cataloging years' worth of documents, spreadsheets, PowerPoint slides, and media files such as videos and MP3s. File archiving products are becoming widely available, but the burden of finding and choosing the files to archive may largely fall to storage admins. A key problem, says Stephen Foskett, director of data practice at Mountain View, CA-based Contoural, is the lack of meta data around files vs. emails. "We don't know which things we should archive and which things we shouldn't because we don't have good describing words," he says. "If you're going to archive files effectively, you really need to have some human intelligence. File systems don't lend themselves to archiving." File archiving has followed in email archiving's footsteps with similar features like single-instancing, version control, and full-content index and search, but file archiving tools aren't necessarily a must-have yet. Dave Campbell, senior ... Access >>>

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