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Vol. 7 No. 9 November 2008

Data classification still mostly a piecemeal approach

travis mcculloch, systems architect at Hilton Grand Vacations Co. in Orlando, FL, knows the value of data classification. But like so many users, he hasn't yet figured out the best way to categorize, assign and relegate every piece of data in his 20TB environment. For now, McCulloch is using the data classification technology in CommVault's Simpana software (Data Classification Enabler) to shorten backup windows that once stretched on for hours. "For some of our huge file servers, we're seeing a backup that takes only 20 minutes--it was taking seven or eight hours before," he says. The product is an agent plug-in, explains McCulloch. "It creates an index on the system itself. It also keeps another index of what's changed," he says. Brian Babineau, an analyst at the Milford, MA-based Enterprise Strategy Group, says backup is a great place to start using data classification technology. "It's not just about creating a copy anymore," he says. "Now you can know what's in the copy." McCulloch isn't yet using any data classification ...

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