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Published: 20 Oct 2012

Data classification is "like eating an elephant," according to Michael Masterson, IT manager at a Fortune 500 life sciences company that's in the middle of a data classification project. "Don't get discouraged," he says. "You can't do it all at once." Masterson's office has 60 Windows servers and a handful of Unix machines, plus the latest EMC Clariion CX3 array for primary storage and a Nexsan Technologies system for nearline, noncritical data. He's using EMC Documentum for document management, and has 9TB of unstructured data floating around unmanaged. About a year ago, Masterson's company decided it needed to better understand the files it was storing before throwing any more disk into its data center. Unfortunately, says Masterson, this information isn't available in the meta data provided by Windows systems. "People have dumped stuff on me like I'm a landfill, but I'm not in the storage business," he notes. He is, however, responsible for ensuring that the company's scientists can find files months or even years after they've created them--and with a ... Access >>>

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