Category Archives: Archiving

Three Tips for Breaking through the Backup Complexity of Today’s Enterprises

By | Archiving, Backup Appliance, Data Protection, DCIG Sponsored Analysis, Symantec | No Comments

Perhaps nowhere does the complexity of the IT infrastructure within today’s organizations come more clearly into focus than when viewed from the perspective of data protection. Backup and recovery software sees first hand all of the applications and operating systems in an enterprise’s environment . Yet, at the same time, it is expected to account for this complexity by centralizing management, holding the line on costs, and simplifying these tasks even as it meets heightened end-user demands for faster backups and recoveries. To break through this complexity, there are three tips that any organization can follow to help both accelerate and simplify the protection and recovery of data in their environment.

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ZL Technologies Brings Virtual Scale-out to Enterprise Archiving and eDiscovery

By | DCIG, Electronic Discovery, eMail Archive, Governance Risk and Compliance, Information Governance | No Comments

One of the most exciting and terrifying times in the lifecycle of a company is transitioning from a small to mid-range or mid-range to enterprise sized company. Well led companies that survive those transitions have often been planning for the occasion for some time. The longer they have been planning the more likely they’ve become aware of the need for long term archiving. Of everything.

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Spectra Logic Outlines What It will Take to Transform Tape from Being an “Outie” to an “Innie”

By | Archiving, DCIG, Tape Systems | No Comments

Anyone involved with managing any serious amounts of data (and when I say “serious amounts of data,” I mean multiple PBs of data) knows that today’s disk-based storage solutions are, for the most part, not equipped to meet the diverse requirements of storing this amount of data. While still an extreme use case, a growing number of organizations have to manage PBs of data.

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DCIG 2013 Private Cloud Storage Array Buyer’s Guide Now Available

By | Archiving, DCIG, Storage Systems | No Comments

DCIG is pleased to announce the availability of its 2013 Private Cloud Storage Array Buyer’s Guide that weights, scores and ranks over 150 features on 25 different cloud storage arrays from 15 different providers. This Buyer’s Guide provides the critical information that all size organization need when selecting a private cloud storage array that provides the availability, ease-of-use, flexibility and scalability features to meet the demands of their most data-intensive applications.

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The Perfect Storm for Archiving is Forming Right Now

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Digital archiving suffers from a perception problem though one that is probably well-deserved. Perceived as difficult to cost-justify, hard to implement and whose benefits can often be achieved by simply throwing more disk at the problem, most companies have had a hard time justifying its deployment. However a wave of fundamental changes in the storage industry as a whole and in digital archiving technology itself are setting this technology up to be one of the hottest technologies in the months and years to come.

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The Real World PST Problem and How to Deal with It; Executive Interview with C2C Systems CTO Ken Hughes Part VI

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Everyone frequently talks about archiving data when they know the make-up of the data is and where it is located. But what no one want to discuss is the more common real-world problem of not even knowing where data is so it may be archived – especially as it pertains to Outlook PST files. In this sixth and final blog entry in my interview series with C2C Systems’ CTO Ken Hughes, he talks about the real world problem of finding and archiving PST files in organizations and how ArchiveOne takes that into account in its architecture.

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2013: ARM, SSD and Common Slot Servers

By | Archiving, DCIG, SSD, Storage Management, Storage Systems, Tape Systems | No Comments

Bad news is only bad until you hear it, then it’s just information followed by opportunity. Information may arrive in political, personal, technological and economic forms. It creates opportunity which brings people, vision, ideas and investment together. When thinking about a future history of 2013, three (3) opportunities come to mind.

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Synchronizing Archival Data Stores in the Cloud; Interview with C2C Systems CTO Ken Hughes Part V

By | DCIG, eMail Archive, Governance Risk and Compliance, Information Management, Litigation Readiness, Search | No Comments

One of the most common initial use cases for cloud storage is for the storage of archival data. However that does not mean every organization is quite ready to move all of their archival data to the cloud or, what they do move to the cloud, trust the cloud to be available to provide access to the data when they need it. In this fifth blog entry in my interview series with C2C Systems’ CTO Ken Hughes, he talks about the importance of having access to cloud storage repositories for archival data and the advantages of keeping on-premise and data in the cloud synchronized.

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Tips to Doing Search and Establishing Data Ownership; Executive Interview with C2C Systems CTO Ken Hughes Part IV

By | DCIG, Electronic Discovery, eMail Archive, Search | No Comments

Doing searches across unstructured data stores and understanding who owns this data are emerging as higher priorities in today’s Big Data era. However archiving software can vary greatly in how it performs these tasks of search and assigning data ownership. In this fourth blog entry in my interview series with C2C Systems’ CTO Ken Hughes, he examines how C2C performs search across distributed email and file systems and what techniques it employs to establish data ownership.

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Data Management Software Finally Poised to Become a Data Center Priority in 2013

By | Archiving, DCIG, SRM | No Comments

Ever since I got involved with IT in general and data storage specifically, the predominant way that organizations manage their data growth is by throwing more storage at the problem. Sure, they pay homage to technologies like archiving, data lifecycle management and storage resource management (SRM) but at the end of the day the “just buy more” principle prevails. Yet as we enter 2013, data management is finally poised to become a data center priority.

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Top 5 Most Viewed Blog Entries on DCIG’s Site in 2012

By | Archiving, DCIG, Electronic Discovery, Microsoft Exchange | No Comments

As the last business day of 2012 it is time for DCIG to unveil its most read blog entries of 2012. While a few long time reader favorites remain in this year’s Top 5, a couple of newcomers also made first time appearances on this year’s list driven by what is likely growing user interest/concern in managing Big Data and doing eDiscovery across their unstructured data stores.

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Overriding Desire is for Archiving to Deliver eDiscovery and Information Management; C2C Systems Executive Interview Part II

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The purpose of archiving is becoming more than simply facilitating smaller email stores, faster response times or better use of expensive storage capacity. The growing driver behind archiving is to enable organizations to implement information governance. In this second blog entry in my interview series with C2C System’s CTO Ken Hughes, Ken explains eDiscovery and retention management are becoming the new driving forces behind archiving and why C2C’s ArchiveOne is so well positioned to respond to that trend.

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Exchange Administrators Need a Consistent Interface for Email Archiving; Interview with C2C Systems CTO Ken Hughes Part I

By | DCIG, Electronic Discovery, eMail Archive, Microsoft Exchange | No Comments

Archiving is emerging as one of the hot new trends of the next decade with organizations looking for better ways to manage their Big Data stores. Perhaps nowhere is data growth more rampant – and the need for better ways to manage it – more evident than with corporate email stores. In this blog entry, I begin an interview series with C2C System’s CTO Ken Hughes in which we initially discuss C2C’s focus on Microsoft Exchange and which size environments C2C’s products are best positioned to handle.

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Reflections on SNW 2012: Time to Revisit Assumptions About Storage

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SNW 2012 revealed a dynamic industry that is innovating across all storage tiers. From incorporating super-low-latency flash memory into the data center to new tape formats that essentially turn tape libraries into high-latency disk drives, lots of talent is being applied to meet the growing demands that enterprises have for their storage systems.

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Tape Libraries Just Keep Getting Better with Age; Interview with Spectra Logic CEO Thompson Part III

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In today’s information age our focus always tends to be on the here and now and how quickly we can access information that was made sometimes just seconds ago. But in terms of the total amount of data in the digital universe, that is just the tip of the iceberg with possibly as much as 90% of today’s data existing as archival data. Ensuring the integrity of that data and making sure it is stored cost effectively for decades is the responsibility of today’s new generation of tape libraries. In part 3 of my interview series with Spectra Logic’s CEO Nathan Thompson, we discuss how tape libraries have continued to mature to meet today’s new business demands for retaining archival data for even longer periods of time.

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“Archive, Replicate, Recover” is a Natural Progression to the Cloud; Interview with AIS VP of Network Engineering Steve Wallace Part II

By | Archiving, DCIG, Disaster Recovery, Managed Service Provider, Virtualization | No Comments

Crawl. Walk. Run. That progression pretty well summarizes how most people look to take advantage of cloud service providers over time though, in cloud services terminology, the progression may be better summed up as: Archive, Replicate, Recover. Today I conclude my conversation with American Internet Service’s VP of Network Engineering, Steve Wallace, as we examine how many of AIS’ clients initially get their data into the AIS cloud and then expand their use of AIS cloud services over time.

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DCIG 2012 Big Data Tape Library Buyer’s Guide Now Available

By | Archiving, DCIG, Tape Systems | No Comments

DCIG is very excited to announce the availability of its inaugural DCIG 2012 Big Data Tape Library Buyer’s Guide that weights, scores and ranks over 140 features on more than 60 tape libraries from 8 different storage providers. Driven by the explosion of storage requirements to address “Big Data” and the “Cloud,” organizations are now more than ever looking for cost-effective, viable storage media on which to store this data. This is why DCIG believes tape libraries are poised to be one of the big benefactors of these growing storage demands which prompted DCIG to produce its first ever Tape Library Buyer’s Guide to help enterprises choose the right solution for their environment.

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ZL Technologies Brings Virtual Scale-out to Enterprise Archiving and eDiscovery

By | Archiving, Uncategorized, Virtualization | No Comments

One of the most exciting and terrifying times in the lifecycle of a company is transitioning from a small to mid-range or mid-range to enterprise sized company. Well led companies that survive those transitions have often been planning for the occasion for some time. The longer they have been planning the more likely they’ve become aware of the need for long term archiving. Of everything.

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LegalTech Recap: Big Data, ECA, Enterprise Dropbox and Cocktail Party

By | Archiving, DCIG, Electronic Discovery, Information Governance, Information Management | No Comments

DCIG attended LegalTech New York January 30th thru February 1st, 2012. The conference was well attended by legal professionals, consultants, and vendors. While meeting with them a few opportunities stood out as compelling: Mobile device handshake, Four Rules of Early Data Assessment, Enterprise Versions of box.com and dropbox.com, THE Best LegalTech Cocktail Party

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Four Data Protection and Storage Trends for 2012

By | Archiving, DCIG, Deduplication, Disk Based Backup, Managed Service Provider, Virtualization | No Comments

About a month ago I started to put some thought and research into what might emerge as the top trends of 2012 by keeping a notebook next to my keyboard so as ideas struck me I could jot them down. Now as I look at the four trends that made today’s short list, they ended up being on the surface ones that I hear, write and talk about every day.

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