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Vol. 3 No. 10 December 2004

Think you're compliant? Prove it

Part and parcel of most government regulations is that you back up your systems and be prepared to prove it. "The problem that arose with Enron and companies like that is that the judge would ask for the data, and they'd answer 'Oh, the data was deleted' or 'The backup didn't work,'" says Ken Barth, president and CEO at Tek-Tools, which makes the Profiler Rx suite of storage management software. "It's not enough to try to comply," says Mark Silverman, president and CEO at Bocada, whose BackupReport software reports on the effectiveness of various backup jobs. "You need to document that the controls are there, [and then] audit and measure the performance of those controls on a regular basis." When Bocada announced it had upgraded BackupReport to version 3.5 last month, the company also highlighted the software's ability to create an auditable track record of your backup activity. To be sure, BackupReport left an audit trail in prior versions as well, says Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, ...

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Features in this issue

  • Tape price hikes looming

    by  Alex Barrett

    In the coming months, expect to pay more for tape cartridges.

  • Match snaps to apps

    Snapshots are key to most shops' backup and recovery plans. But implementing them requires application analysis to determine the best type of snapshots to use and how often to take them.

  • Stress-free firmware upgrades

    Firmware upgrades can be daunting, but you can take some of the fear and frustration out of the process by preparing detailed documentation of your storage environment.

  • Storage salaries edge up

    Storage's second annual Salary Survey finds salaries and bonuses inching upward despite a still sluggish economy. Even with hiring remaining flat, 2005 looks promising for storage salaries.

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