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Vol. 7 No. 2 April 2008

Archive vendors looking to partner

ARCHIVING AND EDISCOVERY vendors are teaming up to meet customer demands for a smoother ediscovery process. The nascent ediscovery market continues to develop as organizations manage the ongoing fallout from the December 2006 changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP). "Consolidation is trying to make decision-making for end users a little bit easier," says John Bace, research VP of IT and public policy at Gartner Research. "Vendors work in different areas of EDRM [Electronic Discovery Reference Model], and no one does it end to end." The only option for a start-to-finish solution, says Bace, is a custom job from a large service provider who will assemble the solution from available market parts. Thomas Mueller, partner at New York City-based Morrison & Foerster LLP, and co-head of the firm's ediscovery task force, says "clients are struggling to get their arms around both ediscovery and archiving obligations." They want technology to solve the problem, but products "still require subjective judgments by individual ...

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Features in this issue

  • Is iSCSI good enough?

    by  Deni Connor

    Organizations of all sizes have adopted iSCSI because it's easy to install, inexpensive, behaves just like Ethernet and doesn't require specialized skill sets like Fibre Channel does. But do analyst claims that iSCSI performance falls short of that for Fiber Channel hold up?

  • Survey: Fibre Channel rules planned purchases

  • Automate application recovery

    by  Eric Burgener

    Today's application continuity computing (ACC) products are best suited for small- and medium-sized businesses, and are focused exclusively on Exchange, which most companies now consider a business-critical application. But the concentration on Exchange will likely change over the next few years, as several ACC vendors plan support for SQL Server and SharePoint in the future.

Columns in this issue

  • Best Practices: High hopes for thin provisioning

    Thin provisioning is a promising way to address allocation and performance. One of the biggest challenges when using the technology is knowing where your data lives, and whether it can be tracked or recovered if there's a catastrophic component failure.

  • Storage Bin 2.0: Winds of change push storage into a new era

    The transactional computing era is over. The Internet computing era is dragging data into the "cloud," and this new era will rain more files--and bigger files--down on you than you can ever imagine.