First, find out whether your company is facing any urgent compliance deadlines that might force a quick tactical solution, such as an e-mail archiving server with dedicated storage. If you have some time for planning -- or if you are looking at archiving a more extensive set of applications such as ERP databases and Web content servers -- you should start with a systematic assessment of the requirements. This process will enable you to develop a consensus in your organization regarding the archiving policies, in terms of compliance requirements as well as service levels and other business needs. Then, define the most appropriate and cost-effective architecture for meeting the full set of requirements. Your favorite storage vendor(s) will be eager to help. An independent storage services firm can also help you get the ball rolling. Ed note: If you would like to read additional compliance articles, opinions and expert advice, make sure to sign-up for our ALERTS on compliance. Click here to sign up. SearchStorage.com also offers alerts on low-cost storage.
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