Hard Quotas vs. Soft Quotas - How to Choose a Disk Management Utility

By Rob Infantino

Are you thinking of buying a quota management utility that allocates disk space for users? If you are, then you should know the difference between hard quotas and soft quotas.

1. Hard quotas prevent users from writing data to disk. With hard quotas, the utility automatically limits the user's disk space for you, and no users are granted exceptions. Once users are about to reach their quota, they come to you for help.

2. Soft quotas send you alerts when users are about to exceed disk space. Unlike hard quotas, there is no physical restriction to prevent users from saving their data. However, you do get alerts and can create a corporate policy to help manage data.

Infantino is the CEO of Astrum Software Corp.

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This was first published in June 2000

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