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Vol. 5 No. 3 May 2006

Data classification is end users' job

Forget about automated information lifecycle management (ILM). Before one Fortune 500 biosciences firm ventures into ILM or tiered storage, end users will first have to classify all of the files they've generated over the years, says Michael Masterson, information systems architect at the firm. Without a proper data classification, he said, "ILM is putting the cart before the horse. "IT can't classify those files," Masterson added. "They're not the information owners." To that Related articles Buyer's Guide: Data classification tools Users get mixed results tiering storage Data classification: Getting started end, the firm is training users on and Abrevity Inc. FileData Manager, which supplies them with an interface for tagging files similar to the way in which Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes lets you create Playlists. Once data is tagged appropriately, "ILM is downhill," he noted and just a simple question of data movement. The Abrevity tool is the first one Masterson has seen that can capture a file's context. "It's unique in its...

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Features in this issue

  • Quality Awards: Top NAS products

    In the latest Diogenes Labs-Storage Quality Awards survey, users chose enterprise and midrange NAS winners from more than 20 product lines. A NAS mainstay and a relative newcomer to the category took the top honors.

  • Keep end-user storage in check

    With free e-mail services offering up to 2GB of storage, it's tough to convince corporate e-mail users that mailbox limits are needed. But companies are realizing that user storage quotas are a necessary evil.

  • Windows NAS gets gussied up

  • Single-pane storage management

    Managing a heterogeneous storage environment means juggling a hodgepodge of vendor-specific tools. Some vendors are working toward a consolidated management console, but standards are needed for single-pane storage management to become a reality.

  • Vendor support falls short

    A recent survey from TheInfoPro shows that storage vendors' support of their products is still a sore point among users. The good news is that some vendors are finally paying attention.

  • New tape formats are bigger, faster & safer

    Tape capacities and data transfer rates are growing, but before you get hooked on the speeds and feeds, there are several key points worth considering.

Columns in this issue

  • Disaster Recovery Extra: Editorial

  • ILM isn't just tiered storage

    by  James Damoulakis

    Storage tiers are the first step toward true information lifecycle management. But they're only a small step—the key to ILM success is aligning your data with its business value.

  • Vendors need to create products specifically for SMBs

    Storage Bin: All too often, storage vendors treat small- to medium-sized businesses as second-class citizens. SMBs have the same needs as enterprises, so rather than giving them hand-me-downs, vendors need to create products specifically for this group. Vendors just might find that those products have the features that enterprises want, too.

  • Storage tears

    Storage tears

  • Data storage security trends

    by  Jon Oltsik

    2005 was a big year for storage security, with major vendors doing more than just paying lip service. Vendors are beginning to integrate security into new products or add encryption capabilities. But there's a lot more to do in 2006 to build a secure storage infrastructure.

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