Premium Content

Access "Instant messaging shouldn't strain storage"

Published: 20 Oct 2012

Instant messaging (IM) may seem unruly and troublesome compared to e-mail because it's most commonly downloaded on-the-fly by users, and often without any awareness on the part of IT. But controlling IM shouldn't give storage managers much reason to worry, as the integration of e-mail and IM archiving should result in minimal backup impact. "This has been a very disruptive technology; it's been back-doored into the enterprise," says Christopher Dean, senior VP of business development at FaceTime Communications, Foster City, CA, a vendor that offers security products for IM, file sharing and Web conferencing. Most interesting, adds Dean, is that only a very small percentage of enterprises have been able to form retention, auditing and storage policies for IM. Nevertheless, IM usage should have little effect on storage. That's largely because e-mail archive and IM security vendors are tying their products together, a trend sparked in 2003 with a clarification in financial laws mandating that companies retain both e-mail and IM records. That trend picked up ... Access >>>

Access TechTarget
Premium Content for Free.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

What's Inside


More Premium Content Accessible For Free

  • Big data storage challenges: Speed, capacity and HDFS integration

    Big data infrastructure and analytics are some of the hottest technology topics today, and it can sometimes seem impossible to dissect and digest all...

  • Moving target: Endpoint backup

    Mobile workers are now accessing, creating and modifying data on ultra-portable devices such as smartphones, tablets and phablets. Most companies ...

  • A lesson in flash caching

    Solid-state storage is proliferating as a replacement for hard disk drives, where it offers a quick shift into the fast lane of storage processing. ...