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.
I have disclosed the blog entries that have earned an honorable mention on DCIG’s website for the number of page views they received in 2012. I have also already revealed the Top 5 blog entries written in 2012 that were the most frequently read in 2012. So it is time today to begin to reveal the Top 10 most frequently viewed blog entries on DCIG’s website in 2012 regardless of what year they were published, starting with numbers 6 – 10.
One of the unique aspects about running a blog site that primarily does analysis as opposed to commenting and covering today’s news is that the most read blog entries on DCIG’s site each year are rarely from the current year. This year was no exception as only one of the Top 5 blog entries written in 2012 made it into the Top 10 of DCIG’s most read blog entries of 2012 that I will start to reveal in tomorrow’s blog entry.
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.
DCIG expects to unveil its DCIG 2012 Early Case Assessment (ECA) Buyer’s Guide in Q2CY12. As prior Buyer’s Guides have done, it puts at the fingertips of organizations a Buyer’s Guide that provides them with a comprehensive list of ECA software that can assist them in this all-important buying decision while removing much of the mystery around how ECA are configured and which ones are suitable for which purposes.
Anyone who has ever witnessed a disaster knows that one of two things can happen. Either the area affected by the disaster can be devastated, never to recover; or, new life can spring up in its place. In many respect, the economic disaster that hit the entire nation and world hit the data storage industry equally hard. However the data storage industry is picking itself back up and, based upon what I saw and heard this week at The BDEvent in Palo Alto, CA, it has brought an end to one era in data storage while the dawn of another is now upon us.
Last week’s blog took a look at the 10 most read blogs in 2009 that were written in 2009. This week I wanted to step even further back and reflect upon the top 10 most read blogs in 2009 regardless of when they were written as I find this insightful in two ways. It lets me know what information continues to hold the attention of readers on as well as what topics from the past might become new trends in 2010. So while there is definitely some overlap between the two, there are also some entries that appear on this list that knock some of the top 10 blogs from last week off the list.
This is one of my favorite blogs of the year to write. Even though this is only the second time since DCIG launched its blogging site two years ago that I have had the opportunity to write a blog in this format, I have been looking forward to looking back all year. In case you have not yet figured it out, today I take a look back at the top 10 most read blogs in 2009 on the DCIG site. However this year I am doing a two part series with today’s blog examining the 10 most read blogs in 2009 that were written in 2009.
Data protection is a ubiquitous need that cuts across all size organizations and has resulted in dozens of products with specific features to address these needs. In fact, one can easily wonder why any vendor even thinks it stands a chance to compete by coming to market with new backup software. But still they do and part of the reason is that backup problems still persist; so much so that backup redesign has topped the list among end-users for three (3) years running as they struggle to meet new backup requirements.
In the last week I had an extensive conversation with an investment individual about what the future holds for email archiving and management software. On one hand, he astutely and accurately observed that the market is already saturated with products and that consolidation should occur. But when one looks beyond the general classifications of “email archiving” or “email management”, one quickly detects that many of these products are designed to solve specific problems in a specific market segment. As a result, email consolidation is neither as simple nor as straightforward as one might imagine and that there is still plenty of room for growth and innovation in this space.
Being the last calendar day of 2008, I thought it only appropriate to take a moment and look back at the most viewed blog entries on the DCIG website for the past year. While some were topics that I expected to receive a lot of attention when the blog was posted, others were blog topics that essentially came out of nowhere to garner a large number of page views. To be honest, I never thought that entries on topics like cable management and cable labeling would resonate with readers but ended up capturing a couple of the top spots for 2008. Meanwhile topics like the FTC’s Red Flag Rules were so popular on DCIG’s web site that it led me to write columns that eventually were picked up by websites like Network World and BusinessWeek.
Autonomy/Zantaz, Microsoft/Fortiva and Google/Postini are three SaaS based archiving solutions you should evaluate if you are considering hosted email archiving and eDiscovery for Microsoft Exchange. Since Microsoft/Fortiva does not support Lotus Notes Domino, you should limit your research to Autonomy and Google if you also require Lotus Notes Domino support. Autonomy’s Zantaz was founded on the premise of SaaS archiving for Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes Domino, whereas Google/Postini started offering it in 2006. Google acquired Postini in 2007 and added significant support and data center services to support their growing Enterprise customer base.
Fortiva identifies security and flexible search as two key elements in the product line. Security is a critical component in any Software as a Servie (SaaS) offering. When all the data is stored off site with another company, encryption is your last bastion of hope against would be thieves, privacy violations, etc.
Fortiva would have been a better option for Dell (NYSE:DELL), had Fortiva been local to the Austin area. According to Praising Gaw, VP of Marketing at Fortiva, they maintain a good business relationship with Microsoft as the sole provider for Microsoft Business Productivity Infrastructure Online Services for Enterprises. Since Dell also values a good relationship with Microsoft, why didn’t Dell Computer Corporation nurture the Fortiva relationship? One obvious answer is there weren’t any vested interests in Fortiva, by Dell Computer Corporation or the Dell family.
Considering competitive forces from Google, Autonomy and a fleeting partnership with Iron Mountain, it was in Michael Dell’s best interest to save his investment and reel in MessageOne. Moreover, with all the storage activity going on at Dell, the acquisition could propel the MessageOne services to equal footing in the enterprise with Google, making the $12 annual fee for MessageOne a bargain for Dell related technologies.
LegalTech has been an explosion of services and technologies. There are three floors of software, hardware and service vendors. There are so many vendors you wouldn’t think the market could support them all in the next 12 – 24 months. In fact, much of the conversation for this year amongst my peers has been about consolidation and evaporation. Professionally, I don’t think we’ll see the growth of products and services slow down through LegalTech 2009, unless a significant economic change occurs. The reason I believe the products and services will grow through 2009 is based on a keen quadrant that Stephen Whetstone, Esq. talked to me about in an interview in January, Legal risk management requires a corporate strategy, mindset and commitment. The quadrant most legal technology vendors and services providers don’t discuss and are likely will not touch at this event are the low litigation, simple IT environments. These companies and their legal technologists aren’t walking around LegalTech looking…
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Sun (NASDAQ:JAVA). If Microsoft and Sun were collaborating on a charity picnic this time last year, it would have been a shock. Now these companies are coming together to provide a combined software and hardware solution and going forward arm-in-arm with CommVault (NASDAQ:CVLT) to help companies address their most pressing application data management needs. No where is this challenge more acutely felt by businesses than in supporting Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Putting the right infrastructure in place to meet the needs of those mission-critical applications requires a new generation of hardware and software support. Organizations must do more than just select the right combination of hardware and software but deploy and support it. “Turnkey” is the new operative word no matter what size a company is and companies need turnkey solutions when implementing and supporting today’s mission critical applications. Today’s announcement that CommVault® has entered into a collaborative alliance with Microsoft…
I always credit Microsoft with putting together a great developer network and supporting partners. MSDN is one of the many Microsoft successes that should concern Autonomy. Autonomy must evaluate Microsoft’s developer network focus as they continue to charge clients for upgrades, training, etc with respect to Zantaz/AltaVista and Autonomy IDOL. Microsoft’s broader services and development focus is verified by Jeff Raikes quote in InfoWorld “I can simply say that part of what we will look at … will be to marry the strengths we have with our software-plus-services model with what FAST is doing.”
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) made a bid for Fast Search and Transfer (OSE:FAST) this morning, the announcement can be found on FASTs Stock Exchange Announcements website. Where all of this gets a bit confusing is during 2003, when Overture acquired FAST’s web search division and Altavista, then Overture licensed Altavista enterprise search technology distribution rights to FAST. Later in the year 2003, Overture was purchased by Yahoo; Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO). The net-net: Yahoo owns Altavista Intellectual Property after purchasing Overture. Are you still with me? Good. This does not mean that Microsoft owns Altavista Intellectual Property, but Microsoft will have the right to distribute Altavista on behalf of. Yes. Yahoo. If you have data management tools that use FAST technology, you should sit down and review the contract and maintenance options. You should ask FAST to determine how the distribution of any technology from Yahoo, by FAST, would be affected. If it will, you want to put the onus on your vendor or…
Given the mission critical nature of Exchange, I have focused lately on writing about Microsoft Exchange high-availability and data recovery for consistent databases. What an administrator really needs is the ability to provide disaster recovery and data recovery, in a single application and administrative console. Scalability which is critical in high-availability is achievable with host-offloaded CDP solutions such as InMage’s Scout.