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: Arun Taneja, Founder and Consulting Analyst, Taneja Group
Description: Content-Addressable Storage (CAS) is viewed as a viable solution for addressing long-term data retention and the archiving of massive amounts of records. However, CAS is a technology and not a solution. Using it alone is not enough to create a product. This presentation, featuring Arun Taneja, Founder and Consulting Analyst for the Taneja Group provides a complete overview of CAS and highlights the pros and cons of this technology. Learn how CAS works, where CAS is mainly used, who the key vendors in this market are, and more. Explore this presentation to learn more.
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
Speakers: 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.
Tiered Disaster Recovery: DR SLAs That Work
Speaker: Bill Peldzus, VP Data Center Services, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, GlassHouse Technologies
Description: Not all enterprise applications are of equal importance to the ongoing operations of the corporation. Still, many DR plans tend to treat all applications in the same manner. But applying the same safeguards to all apps equally in a DR plan is likely to result in over protecting the less critical apps while not providing enough assurance for the ones that critical to the business continuity. By treating all applications equally, the recovery process is burdened by having to restore all applications simultaneously—an unlikely event even in smaller organizations. A tiered DR plan helps to address this problem by creating different levels of protection that can be applied to different applications and systems, with associated recovery requirements designed to stagger restoration efforts.
DR Testing Programs: How Useful Are They?
Speaker: Jon Toigo, CEO, Toigo Partners International
Description: Over the past couple of years, a new DR product category has emerged—disaster recovery testing tools. These applications can scan your storage environment and alert you to any potential gaps in your recovery plan. This presentation examines the different DR testing tools available, how they each work, the pros and cons of each and more.
This was first published in November 2008