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Vol. 2 No. 4 June 2003

Compliance with government regulations for data retention become a real requirement for storage.

I hate to be the one to tell you, but just when you thought you might actually be getting a handle on your world, it's about to get set on its ear again. This time, it will be much worse than ever before--now the government is getting involved. Talk about a perfect storm--take the ever confusing, complex and chaotic world of storage, and add a bunch of government rules to make it nearly impossible. The bad news is that the U.S. government is about to stick its very serious nose into our business. The good news is that Enterprise Storage Group is going to release the most comprehensive report ever done on regulatory compliance and the issues it creates in the world of storage. The stakes--as far as we can tell--have never been higher for technology vendors and the IT and business professionals who are under scrutiny. Just last month, the SEC handed out fines totaling $1.4 billion (yes, billion) to six brokers/dealers, and two individuals for misleading investors. The smoking gun? E-mail. In a nutshell, we looked at four ...

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