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Vol. 2 No. 5 July 2003

Close the IM Loophole

You already know you need to archive your e-mail, but should you archive instant messages (IMs)? The answer seems to be yes, even though, thus far, the need for IM archival "has not been as clearly articulated as other forms of electronic communication," says Christopher Dean, senior vice president of marketing and business development at FaceTime, an IM management vendor. But that's changing. In March, New York Stock Exchange executive VP Salvatore Pallante sent out a memo reiterating the NYSE's records retention policy, which covers communications "including, but not limited to e-mails, instant messages and similar communications devices." To that end, Iron Mountain recently partnered with Akonix Systems, Communicator Inc., FaceTime and IMlogic to provide IM archiving and retention tools. For storage managers grappling with a glut of data, the prospect of archiving IMs may cause some alarm. But an IM conversation doesn't take as much space as e-mail, says FaceTime's Dean, because IM management packages assemble IM ...

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Features in this issue

  • Close the IM Loophole

    NYSE sends message about instant messages

  • Roll Your Own NAS

    Is building your own NAS better?

  • Taming HBAs

    by  Jerome Wendt

    Installing, configuring and maintaining Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs) is the bane of many SAN administrators. Thankfully, these new cards offer better management tools.

  • Creating a large e-mail system

    by  Jim Booth

    Here's how one storage team transformed a monolithic storage design into a flexible, scalable system.

  • IP SANs take their place

    There's a growing interest in using IP for storage in small to midsized enterprises, although Fibre Channel is still dominant in large organizations. What's right for you: IP, FC or a combination of both?

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