Access "Should you archive spam?"
This article is part of the Vol. 4 No. 2 April 2005 issue of How to scale up with storage clusters
Go ahead and add "wastes storage capacity" to the already long list of knocks against unsolicited promotional e-mail or spam. Because of the sheer quantity of spam that corporate users receive--in 2005, 45% of their daily average of 132 messages, according to the Palo Alto, CA-based Radicati Group--spam can dramatically swell the size of an e-mail archive and slow down indexing, search and retrieval. Yet in the absence of clear directives from regulatory bodies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), some firms are opting to archive all incoming e-mail--diet pill promotions and all. Rather than try and second-guess the regulators, some firms have decided it's less risky to archive everything, says Mary Kay Roberto, senior VP and general manager for Veritas Enterprise Vault. But archiving spam is probably overkill given the prevalence of anti-spam technology, says Pete Gerr, senior analyst at Milford, MA-based Enterprise Strategy Group. "What the SEC is most concerned with is the consistency of your policy," he says. For example, do you filter ... Access >>>
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