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Vol. 5 No. 5 July 2006

The pitfalls of data deletion

STORAGE MANAGERS KNOW all too well that asking end users to clean up old files rarely works. "Whenever you ask anybody to delete their old data, they say, 'I'm too busy, I don't have time,'" says David Radowsky, SAN manager at Actel Corp., an electronics manufacturer in Mountain View, CA. "They're reluctant to out-and-out delete stuff but, at the same time, they won't touch a file for years." For now, Radowsky is using Arkivio's Auto-Stor software to identify old engineering files and migrate them from an EMC Celerra NAS platform to a SATA-based Centera. "I don't clean up," he says, "I move." But elsewhere, especially in regulated industries, a battle is raging between two camps: one that would dearly like to delete old data, and another whose mantra is "keep everything." On the data deletion side are storage managers who would like to free up space and reduce cost and, to a certain extent, legal staff who would like to eliminate potentially incriminating evidence while reducing the amount of data that needs to be reviewed in ...

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