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Vol. 6 No. 6 August 2007

Hot Spots: The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Help for storage teams

The new FRCP rules are about more than how a company deals with legal issues; they're an opportunity to improve enterprise information management. New e-discovery regulations will make storage managers' jobs even tougher, but they may also be a blessing in disguise. Last December, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP), which govern civil law processes in the U.S., were amended for the 10th time. One of the amendments, Rule 26(a)(1)(B), states that an organization must be able to identify, by category and location, electronically stored information it may use to "support or defend claims." The amendment also mandates that this capability should exist before a discovery request for specific information is made. I'm not sure organizations headquartered in the U.S. are ready for this, and we're eight months removed from the FRCP changes going into effect. I'm willing to bet that many CIOs and corporate counsels don't know what information they store, where it is and how much it would cost to produce it as evidence. The ...

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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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