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Vol. 7 No. 3 May 2008

Legal toolkit for storage systems

There's currently no all-encompassing ediscovery tool on the market. Here's a guide to some tools that cover different parts of the process. More than 300 vendors touted their ediscovery tools at the LegalTech conference in New York City in early February, and visitors were hard-pressed to sort them out. Even analyst firm Gartner Inc. appears daunted by the prospect of wading through this abundance of specialty software, services and outsourcing. "There are over 1,000 vendors who label themselves ediscovery," says Debra Logan, a Gartner research VP and author of "Market-Scope for E-Discovery and Litigation Support Vendors, 2007." Vendors are besieging storage managers with tools that promise their version of a get-out-of-jail-free card. While storage managers won't actually face jail for data management shortcomings--the new rules apply to civil litigation--they may be hauled into court to testify about how data is stored in their organization. With Logan's Gartner ediscovery Magic Quadrant still a work in progress and only the ...

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Features in this issue

  • Hard disk drives become more affordable

  • Legal toolkit for storage systems

    Storage managers may be reluctant to admit it, but they and the storage systems they manage are key players in most companies' compliance and legal readiness procedures. While ediscovery is the current buzzword, there's currently no all-encompassing ediscovery tool on the market. But you can assemble an effective toolkit with some of the point products that are available now.

  • Ask the Expert: NFS vs. CIFS

    What should you consider when choosing between Network File Sharing (NFS) or Common Internet File System (CIFS)?

Columns in this issue

  • Hot Spots: Just say 'Yes' to a new IT strategy

    by  Bob Laliberte

    Software will increasingly transcend the self-imposed technology barriers that have evolved in larger data center environments. The ability to create policy-based programs that not only automate processes, but empower others to help themselves, will dramatically improve efficiency.