Many companies nowadays are plagued with the problem of servers loaded with scores of MP3 files downloaded from the Internet or copied from music CDs.
New storage resource management technologies enable systems administrators to identify and block MP3 files in real-time from writing to servers. For example, at telecom giant Sprint's 28 call centers in Kansas City, disk reporting software revealed several gigabytes of MP3 files immediately. After finding them, Sprint used file-screening software to block any additional MP3 files from being written to their servers. Now employees can no longer save MP3s on Sprint's servers.
About the author: This tip was submitted and prepared by Steven Toole, vice president of Marketing and others at WQuinn, a provider of storage management tools for Windows NT/2000. For more information about WQuinn, see the company's Web site at
This was first published in January 2001