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It makes sense that technologies that promise to reduce the volume of data transferred and stored (through data deduplication and single-instance storage) are becoming more popular. A recent Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) study found that only 10% of organizations surveyed use single instancing and 16% use block-level data deduplication; however, 44% plan to use single-instance storage in the future and 32% say the same for block-level data deduplication.
Due to recent amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP), organizations are under increasing pressure to manage and retrieve data more effectively. Companies need to be prepared for electronic discovery by knowing what content is stored and how much effort is required to recover it, as well as how to properly preserve and produce the content as evidence in litigation events. Today, archiving software can make it easier and faster to retrieve data. Archive solutions also provide the capability to set and enforce retention times, which facilitates compliance with record-retention and legal preservation requirements.
It's important to note that many of the data management solutions are merging data protection technologies with archiving. Through a single management interface, organizations can dictate policies for data sets that define RTO, RPO (i.e., frequency of copies), retention, capacity
| reduction, security, disposal and more.
This was first published in December 2007