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Getting started with database archiving

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Archiving: Not just for e-mail

Database archiving can yield impressive results, including better application performance and more secure data.

DATABASE ADMINISTRATORS, I feel your pain. For the past few years, you've watched your messaging counterparts strutting around data centers waiting to read the latest headlines in The Wall Street Journal or hear what the talking heads on CNN were reporting. Almost every corporate scandal featured a "smoking gun" e-mail, which prompted regulators like the Securities and Exchange Commission to mandate that organizations treat e-mail as a business record.

Suddenly, message administrators had access to compliance officers, general counsels and internal auditors, and all their budget bucks were used to buy and deploy message management software such as e-mail archiving apps. So, database administrators, admit it; you were secretly hoping your turn would come and someone like CNBC superstar journalist Maria Bartiromo would uncover a corporate mess where financial records were deleted from a database because they were old and consumed expensive storage space, thus initiating a frenzy of spending on database management software.

But database honchos haven't had a "headline incident" that would propel them into the spotlight. And the corporate purse strings are tighter than ever, with the constant struggle to manage and store rapidly

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growing volumes of data despite stagnant budgets.

This was first published in August 2006

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