Call it regulatory compliance, legal vigilance, good disk management or just plain common sense -- regardless of your company's motivation, a sound system for retaining and disposing of data is one of the modern requirements of storage management.
Developing a consistent, repeatable and practical set of data retention policies is the first step in the process. Tools such as data classification applications can help automate the process of sorting through the reams of structured and unstructured data to determine its appropriate disposition. While storage managers may consider this a business unit function, as keepers of company's data they are very much in the mix. And, as such, they need to know about the legal implications, the types of systems best suited for retained data and how encryption can help ensure that data is kept intact in its original form.
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Speaker: Jeff Boles, Technology Analyst, Taneja Group
Description: Data classification -- attaching meta data to files that goes beyond the rudimentary file descriptors file systems provide -- is at the core of many modern storage management practices. Storage tiering, archiving, regulatory compliance -- among other technologies and processes -- will all be more effectively if the data to be moved or discarded is appropriately identified.
An effective data classification can ultimately reap sizable savings as data is more appropriately placed on lower cost disk or tape systems, the concepts of data classification are generally well understood, but the actual process and its impact on overall management often isn't.
Green Storage -- Practial Ways to Reduce Power Consumption
Speaker: Greg Schulz, Founder and Senior Analyst, StorageIO
Description: Green is in -- and every storage vendor out there has a green story to tell. The need to reduce power consumption in the data center is compelling and storage -- accounting for an estimated 40% of data center electrical consumption -- is a major target for energy conservation. Despite the vendor hyperbole about the environmental benefits of their products, there are still no standard metrics by which to measure and compare power consumption claims.
Deep Dive into Email Archiving Products
Speaker: Stephen Foskett, Director of Data Practice, Contoural
Description: Email archiving is almost a no-brainer for most storage shops. It can significantly trim email data stores and improve the performance of the email application, and it is also likely to play a key role in any compliance effort. While many shops have already implemented email archiving, many others are still on the sidelines, parsing their ways through the features of the various email archiving offerings and considering the impact that an archiving app will have on the management of their storage systems.
Storage and the Law -- Backup, Recovery and Depositions
Speaker: Brian Babineau, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group and Greg Buckles, Founder of Reason-eD and Experienced Litigation Support Specialist
Description: This will be a discussion with very few slides as ESG interviews a former litigation support specialist who has served as an expert witness in the discovery, preservation and production of electronic evidence. As the keepers of the corporate data, storage managers can play a pivotal role in ensuring that their companies not only toe the line when it comes to regulatory compliance, but also ensuring that their companies can respond effectively to any legal issues. In this session, you'll learn what every storage pro needs to know about how new legal requirements regarding electronically stored information affect the storage systems they manage.
This was first published in June 2008