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Vol. 7 No. 6 August 2008

Keep it or can it?

When it comes to record retention and deletion, IT pros are expected to figure it out on their own. Some sweeping legislation (Sarbanes-Oxley, for example) simply isn't helpful when it comes to providing rules for records keeping; for example, it requires you to set and follow a policy so you don't delete things willy-nilly after an ediscovery request, but it doesn't tell you how to set that policy. And SEC, IRS, FRCP, HIPAA, SAS 70 and OSHA regulations, as well as state legislation, can all impact the same data. The confusion can sometimes lead to extreme measures, says Bob Barrett, CIO at Babcock Power Inc., a Worcester, MA-based utility company. "I had a CTO a few years back who had an interesting approach, but I'm not sure I have the guts to pull it off," says Barrett. "He had a filter that deleted every email he sent every two weeks." Of course, a company-wide policy on deletion is tough to enforce and something you have to get your in-house legal team to approve. Currently, Barrett is looking into EMC's Email-Xtender and ...

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Features in this issue

  • Lights, camera, storage!

    by  Deni Connor

    The digital media business and corporate multimedia departments are looking at increasing terabytes and even petabytes of information generated in the creation, editing, archiving and distribution of digital content. In addition, the move to high-definition television and higher resolution camera work will tax storage boundaries.

  • Quality Awards IV: It's a tie--EMC and NetApp share enterprise array honors

    In the four years we've conducted our Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Award for enterprise arrays, we've never had co-winners ... until now. EMC Corp. rode to the top on very strong scores in the product features and reliability sections, while co-winner NetApp was a model of consistency.

  • Reliability questions plague solid state

Columns in this issue

  • Storage Bin 2.0: The life and death of information

    We sometimes complicate our processes to create a perception of increased value. Forget information lifecycle management and tiered storage; concentrate on the four simple stages of life for any kind of information.

  • Get your iSCSI game on: Best Practices

    by  Ashish Nadkarni

    iSCSI is a mature protocol for accessing storage and a solid alternative to Fibre Channel. Technologies such as blade servers and server virtualization benefit from iSCSI as it lets you minimize the number of connections required. And because everything is IP-based, there's no more need to waste slots for host bus adapters, which simplifies your configuration.

  • The big pipe: Editorial

  • Backup gets a boost: Hot Spots

    by  Lauren Whitehouse

    Snapshots, continuous data protection and deduplication are making their way into traditional backup products. By capturing, transferring and storing less data in the backup process, organizations can back up more data to disk--retaining data on disk for longer periods of time or enabling disk-to-disk backup for more sets of data than before.