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Vol. 5 No. 10 December 2006

New rules impact storage procedures

Americans like to sue each other. According to Fulbright & Jaworski's "The Third Annual Litigation Trends Survey Findings," 90% of U.S. corporations are in litigation and, on average, corporations with revenue of $1 billion or more deal with 556 active cases. This translated into $31.5 million spent on legal matters last year. Companies must respond to these litigations, whether frivolous or deadly serious. And the new Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP), which took effect on December 1, will cause storage policies and procedures to be even more closely scrutinized by forensic attorneys looking for smoking gun e-mails, or for evidence that such e-mails or documents have been destroyed or altered after litigation and deposition holds were issued. "Attorneys are very good at placing the blame on other people, [as in] 'You mean you didn't save that file?'" says Donald Wochna, chief legal officer at Vestige Digital Investigations, a company that specializes in helping attorneys search for and recover documents. "An attorney ...

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Features in this issue

  • Hot technologies for 2007

    "Storage" magazine's editors reviewed technology developments, product introductions and storage standards to come up with this short list of must-have technologies for 2007. We believe iSCSI SANs, hardware-based tape encryption, high-capacity disk drives, virtualization and thin provisioning will have the greatest impact on enterprise storage environments.

  • SAN consolidation strategies

    As islands of SANs proliferate in companies, the cost of storage can soar. Sound SAN design strategies allow companies to reduce the number of SAN islands, strengthen a primary SAN, make storage easier to manage and provide more data protection.

  • Quality awards II: EqualLogic named top midrange array

    by  Rich Castagna

    Another Quality Awards dark-horse candidate, EqualLogic PS Series, joins backup winner BakBone in unseating established players for top honors.

Columns in this issue

  • Is it really a disaster?

    Was it really a disaster after all? It's important to distinguish operational recovery from disaster recovery because the tools and techniques used in each situation can differ significantly.