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Vol. 5 No. 7 September 2006

Local governments feel regulatory pinch

If you think compliance and legal discovery worries beset only large companies, think again. Local government agencies, such as town or regional school districts, are also feeling the heat. "We went to a seminar sponsored by TASBO [Texas Association of School Business Officials] and came away feeling slightly ill," says John Orbaugh, director of technology services for the Tyler, TX, Independent School District. "We realized we weren't in compliance with the law," he says, namely the Texas Open Records Act and the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Because he says he "doesn't look good in an orange jumpsuit," Orbaugh began to evaluate e-mail archiving software and eventually settled on Archive One from C2C Systems. For a storage platform, Orbaugh selected PowerFile's Permanent Storage Appliance (PSA), which combines controllers, disk and a robotic DVD library. Orbaugh liked PSA for its WORM capabilities--"it puts us in a strong legal position"--and modularity. "Our budgets are extremely tight," he says. Because it's ...

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Features in this issue

  • Tricky backup for SharePoint

  • CDP: Look before you leap

    Some pundits have postulated that continuous data protection (CDP) will replace backup. But is that just new technology hyperbole or is CDP a must-have technology?

  • Backup-to-disk performance tuning

    Disk-based backup can lower costs, reduce complexity and add scalability. But to achieve top performance, you'll need to do lots of benchmarking and watch for poorly configured production storage.

Columns in this issue

  • Backup best practices are always evolving

    Some new advances in backup, such as virtual tape libraries, represent evolutionary enhancements to the traditional backup process, while others like continuous data protection and single-instance storage are potentially far more transformational.

  • 10 points to consider before deploying an e-mail archive

    Selecting an e-mail archiving application based solely on features and functions may result in unexpected administration costs. Consider these 10 points before deploying an e-mail archiver.

  • Some small tech upstarts might play big roles

    Storage Bin: The big storage vendors are always trying to steal a piece of each other's pie. But some small tech upstarts might play big parts in determining who comes out on top.