Storage Decisions

Storage Decisions Session Downloads: Data Retention & Retrieval Track (Chicago 2009)

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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New Trends in Content-addressed Storage (CAS)
Speaker: Bill Mottram, Founder and Managing Partner, Veridictus Associates
Description: Disk based archival storage is increasingly becoming identified as a class of storage specifically designed to meet the storage characteristics of long term, fixed content data storage (persistent data). CAS, (Content Addressable Storage) is a mechanism that can store and retrieve information based on its content, not its storage location.

New and innovative online storage array technologies are increasing the cost, performance advantage of CAS solutions such that many vendors are claiming that their solutions are now positioned to satisfy most production archive applications and will increasingly replace tape and optical as the broader archive storage solution of choice. Explore this presentation to learn more about CAS and the innovative new solutions that are swiftly gaining popularity.

Building a Service-oriented Data Protection Strategy
Speaker: Jon Toigo, CEO and Managing Principal, Toigo Partners International, and Chairman of the Data Management Institute
Description: Data protection is not a one-size-fits-all strategy. Different data protection methods, ranging from WAN-based data replication and clustering to tape backup and restore, are available to provide the data recovery capability that a business process or application requires. Matching data protection service levels to business requirements is not only a rational approach, but also a cost effective one.

The challenge, however, to service level-based data protection provisioning is the multiplicity of data protection methods that must be monitored and managed. How can we integrate tape backup and disk to disk replication services under a common monitoring umbrella, simplifying the management role?

In this presentation, industry expert Jon Toigo sets out the challenge and examines potential solutions.

Cloud-based Archiving Services
Speakers: Ron Scruggs, Senior Consultant, GlassHouse Technologies
Description: For most companies some form of data archiving -- email, database, application or file system -- is the key element in their data retention operations. Archivers do a great job of helping to ensure that information is available when needed to respond to eDiscovery or regulatory compliance requirements. But archivers require considerable management and administration, and can also gobble up significant disk capacity. Online -- or "cloud" -- archiving services can relieve companies of many of these headaches while providing similar capabilities. This presentation assesses online archiving, and rates the advantages/disadvantages compared to deploying your own archivers.

Backup and Archive Are Not the Same Thing!
Speaker: Jeff Harbert, Principal Storage Consultant, GlassHouse Technologies
Description: Does your compliance team think retaining everything forever is easy or that your existing backup application makes a good archive utility? If you've ever had to try to recover backup data from a retired backup application or an out-dated media format, then this session is for you. This presentation provides an overview on some of the challenges you'll face when compliance mandates a retention policy that doesn't make sense.

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This was first published in June 2009

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