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Vol. 4 No. 6 August 2005

Archiving unstructured data

What you will learn from this tip: Just archiving files and e-mail may not be enough to satisfy auditors; finding related information based on a variety of criteria may also be required. The problem of indexing and archiving an organization's unstructured data is often swept under the rug. A typical response is to throw more hardware at the problem, but just adding more capacity to house data while ignoring its content no longer suffices. Regulators and legal professionals increasingly need to search and scrutinize unstructured data such as e-mail and file repositories, so companies must find ways to automate and simplify the process of identifying and inspecting archived files and e-mail messages. Add-ons to core enterprise content management (ECM) software, as well as specialized e-mail and file archiving programs, address this large pool of unstructured data, but they differ in how to process, discover, index and archive it. There's no complete solution available, so you'll likely have to make tradeoffs. At a minimum, ...

Features in this issue

  • Bridging the gap

    Many disaster recovery and remote backup programs rely on an efficient, cost-effective WAN. Fiber-optic network technology is often required for long-distance data transmission, but you need to know what transport is best and the related implementation issues.

  • Monolithic going modular

    Monolithic systems go modular

  • DR testing infrequent at best

    Have you tested your DR plan?

  • Storage for manufacturing

    Manufacturing environments typically have different storage requirements than corporate apps, and have to deal with globally dispersed design teams as well as growing regulatory concerns. Here's how several prominent manufacturers have met the challenge.

  • New tools to classify data

    by  Brad O'Neill

    Putting data on storage systems appropriate to its value requires the ability to classify data. An emerging category of applications, Information Classification and Management apps, can index enterprise information and execute precise actions based on its content.

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