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Vol. 2 No. 12 February 2004

Rein in e-mail storage

Save everything? Mark Diamond, CEO and president of the storage consulting company Contoural Inc., Los Altos, CA, thinks every e-mail should be saved. When organizations have e-mail deletion policies in place, Diamond says, users end up storing e-mails on local drives, CD-ROMs or elsewhere. In the short term, deletion policies may keep down the cost of storage, but in the long term they drive up the cost of management and discovery, Diamond says. Keeping the right e-mails is a huge problem. Organizations need to spend a disproportionate amount of time and money to filter all of their e-mails to find out what to keep and what to toss. Rather than doing that, he encourages organizations to consider saving all of their e-mail to help ensure compliance. That requires policies that archive storage by transparently moving it between different types of disk media in the background. This permits older messages to remain online and accessible by users at a nominal cost to organizations, while allowing the organization to search and ...

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Features in this issue

  • Rein in e-mail storage

    With new government regulations and users' gigantic e-mail attachments, new approaches for storing e-mail are called for.

  • Remote DR: faster, farther and cheaper

    Post-Sept. 11, you need to consider disaster sites that are geographically distant from your main data centers. Remote replication software, IP storage and new techniques for long-term storage are changing the DR distance equation.

  • 4 Gb Fibre Channel: Everyone's On Board

    Four-gigabit Fibre Channel is a reality.

  • Is storage certification worth it?

    by  Susan J. Marks

    If you're thinking about advancing your career by becoming certified in a particular storage skill, read this article to help you decide if certification is worth your time and money.

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