Access "Forging a long-term retention plan"
This article is part of the Vol. 7 No. 9 November 2008 issue of Salaries rise, but storage jobs get tougher
is long-term archiving the Y2K problem for the 21st century? The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and others in the industry hope to bring attention to the archiving compatibility problem early in this century rather than at the end. The specific problem is how to make sure archived data will be readable down the road after format changes in hardware and software. A SNIA survey of 267 organizations found that 80% have information they must keep for more than 50 years because of legal and regulatory rules; 68% must keep information for more than 100 years; and more than 40% keep email for at least 10 years. SNIA formed a 100-Year Archive Task Force, and among things that can be done, according to task force member Michael Peterson of Strategic Research Corp., Santa Barbara, CA, is to put the term "archiving" on ice. "We need to abandon the term 'archive' and replace it with retention and preservation," says Peterson. "The term archiving denotes a dungeon into which I put things and never look at them again. Thinking of archival as a long-term ... Access >>>
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