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Vol. 2 No. 12 February 2004

Put Your Data on Ice

Proponents of information life cycle management (ILM) like to talk about managing data from birth to death. For most industries, that "death" can't come soon enough. But for others--genealogists, historians, scientists--the challenge is to keep data around for as long as possible. And as more and more digital documents accumulate, the chore of sorting out the various ways to preserve them for the long term is falling to IT departments. Even if you don't need to archive data for very long--say seven or 10 years, as is often the case in financial services--you still have a lot of work ahead of you, explains Paul Greene, director of the storage division of Digital Storage Solutions, a document management provider in Brentwood, NY. Your first task is to select an appropriate archive medium and file format. For most archive applications, Greene recommends professional-grade optical disk, such as Plasmon's new UDO drive. Compared to bare media optical disks such as CD and DVD, UDO's protective casing does a good job of protecting the ...

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