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Vol. 5 No. 9 November 2006

Apps to classify and find data

Data classification tools provide the foundation for litigation discovery, cost reduction, record management, retention, archiving, deduplication and usage control. The problem of controlling and managing the ever-growing volume of data living on a company's file shares is unrelenting. Companies need to find ways to reduce the overall cost of storing data, but must often keep it for longer periods of time to adhere to new regulations and requirements. Adding to the problem are more stringent privacy laws and court-ordered mandates to quickly find and produce specific files adrift in a vast sea of unstructured data. Data classification product sampler Click here for a Data classification product sampler (PDF). New data classification tools, which work below the file-system attribute level, crack open files and extract their content to allow complex searches, reporting, lifecycle management and legal retention based on policies. All of the products described on the following pages provide data classification and reporting, ...

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Features in this issue

  • Rough going for Exchange replication

    by  Trina MacDonald, Trends associate editor

    Replicating databases for disaster recovery isn't easy, and Microsoft Exchange is no exception.

  • New frameworks give users more choices

  • Automate data migration

    Moving seldom-accessed data from primary storage to less-costly storage not only saves money, but can also improve the performance of applications. Hierarchical storage management (HSM) software can help automate the migration of files, but HSM products vary in the way they approach the task. So it's important to identify the requirements of an HSM product before making a choice.

Columns in this issue

  • Tape encryption strategies

    by  Jon Oltsik

    Companies need to take a more strategic approach to tape encryption by building a services-based architecture that can meet today's needs and scale to accommodate future needs.

  • A new startup promises recordless e-mail

    Storage Bin: A new startup promises recordless e-mail. Is this a stroke of genius that will reward the company with billions of Internet bucks, or is it the end of the world as we know it?

  • How to better connect storage to the business

    by  James Damoulakis

    We can learn from manufacturing processes and use a supply chain to storage to better align it with strategic business goals. To implement this model, a storage services plan needs to be multidimensional and encompass performance, availability, data protection, data movement and migration, and data retention.