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Vol. 6 No. 6 August 2007

Document management still a riddle to users

Data classification and information management are essential to storage operations such as archiving, tiering and electronic discovery. Yet many of the tools for performing these tasks are overly complex, turning off many users. Recent M&A activity in the records management and email archiving markets suggests the onerous task of training users on records management tools and policies could get simpler as search, archiving and data classification tools merge. For example, Iron Mountain has acquired records management vendor Accutrac Software; Autonomy, which focuses on document classification and retrieval, picked up email archiving service provider Zantaz; and Google bought Postini, another email service provider. Analysts say this is good news for users. "It will be easier to execute on policies when integration between all these tools is better," says Noemi Greyzdorf, research manager, storage software at Framingham, MA-based IDC. Today, email archiving and document retrieval tools are disconnected, complex point products. ...

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  • VTL gets a boost from backup apps

  • Fibre Channel director face-off: Brocade vs. Cisco

    by  Jerome Wendt

    Fibre Channel directors are the choice for consolidating isolated SAN fabrics. Brocade's 48000 Director and Cisco's MDS 9513 Multilayer Director are the undisputed leaders in this small field, but they offer very different paths to storage services and consolidation options. We'll help you decide which company's product is the best director for your storage environment.

  • Data destruction: When data should disappear

    Most companies don't have a detailed policy that governs what data they need to keep and what data should be destroyed. Deciding on the destruction levels you're comfortable with is the easiest part of this puzzle. The most complicated piece is figuring out what to destroy and when, and then sticking to it.

  • Survey Says: Features, familiar vendors are key to storage purchases

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  • How to write an archiving program RFP

    by  Sharon Fisher

    With so many archiving systems on the market, putting together a request for proposal (RFP) for an archiving program for structured, semistructured or unstructured data is a key step. It's equally important that your team is well-prepared to evaluate vendor proposals so you'll end up with a product that fits your company's needs at a price that doesn't break your budget.

  • Demystifying Unix dump

    by  David J. Young

    dump is a powerful tool to back up Unix files. In this excerpt from W. Curtis Preston's new book, Backup & Recovery: Inexpensive Backup Solutions for Open Systems, the dump utility is described in detail, including how it works, when to use it and exactly what can go wrong at various stages of the dump backup process.

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