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Vol. 5 No. 7 September 2006

Snapshot: Have you fulfilled an electronic discovery request?

Electronic discovery requests are on the rise, but Storage readers seem relatively unphased by the change. So far, 57% of readers have had to recover data for legal reasons and of those, 62% were successful. Most recoveries went smoothly, though 33% of readers indicated they wouldn't want to do it again. Of the 43% who have yet to deal with an electronic discovery request, 60% are very confident/extremely confident that they'll be able to do so. Tape is more often than not the medium from which data is recovered. Eighty-three percent of data pulled came from backup tapes and 41% came from archival tapes. The vast majority of requests are for files and e-mail (79% and 74%, respectively); only 38% of the data types requested are database records. Some readers aren't happy with their options for recovering data. "Having the right solution in place to recover data beyond the normal data restores is a hard sell," writes one reader. "Typically, these solutions require a significant financial investment on the part of any organization....

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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.