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Vol. 4 No. 6 August 2005

New tools to classify data

One of these days, your CEO will ask the big question: "How is our data storage infrastructure driven by the business value of our company's information?" Aside from pulling out a few strands of your hair, how would you respond? Answering accurately would take time and plenty of clarification. However, if your organization is among the few that have installed one of the new Information Classification and Management (ICM) applications, your answer could be as succinct as the question itself: "We have ICM deployed above the storage infrastructure to manage information based on content values. Those content values are determined by business objectives established by our compliance, security and internal IT services teams." ICM isn't just another disposable acronym; it's a concept and product category that unites business process with storage. Companies in this segment hope to bridge the gap between high-profile processes like compliance, corporate security and IT consolidation, and the storage infrastructure those processes depend ...

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Features in this issue

  • Bridging the gap

    Many disaster recovery and remote backup programs rely on an efficient, cost-effective WAN. Fiber-optic network technology is often required for long-distance data transmission, but you need to know what transport is best and the related implementation issues.

  • Monolithic going modular

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  • DR testing infrequent at best

    Have you tested your DR plan?

  • Storage for manufacturing

    Manufacturing environments typically have different storage requirements than corporate apps, and have to deal with globally dispersed design teams as well as growing regulatory concerns. Here's how several prominent manufacturers have met the challenge.

  • New tools to classify data

    by  Brad O'Neill

    Putting data on storage systems appropriate to its value requires the ability to classify data. An emerging category of applications, Information Classification and Management apps, can index enterprise information and execute precise actions based on its content.

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