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Collect Metadata To Manage Unstructured Data

 

By Rodd Johnson

Over the course of that few years, unstructured data growth has seemingly outpaced even the tightly estimated IT capacity plans. Almost oblivious to the economic downturn, end users seem unable to quench their addiction to all things unstructured.  With all the advances in technology, operating systems and applications, the growth curve of unstructured data has paralleled the growth and the complexity of point solutions targeted to deal with data growth and this proliferation of technology has compounded the difficulty of managing information let-alone trying to make effective use of all the information created in an organization.  Worse yet, the ability to meet any sort of information regulatory compliance standard is virtually non-existent. Ask any compliance manager or CIO who has to sign on the dotted line if they are really sure they are complaint, and see what they say.  To net it out, the value of unstructured data is being diluted to the point of irrelevancy because there is no practical way of even collecting it, much less analyzing it.

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How to Choose A Deduplication Solution

How to Choose A Deduplication Solution

 

By Mark Teter

Redundancy is an important technique to ensure information availability. In fact, Google keeps multiple data blocks for that exact reason, rather than using traditional RAID techniques. However, most companies manage and backup multiple copies of the same information.

The raw development of new information, in additional to the tendency of most organizations to keep multiple copies of it, contributes to explosive data growth and higher storage costs. Studies estimate1 that multiple copies of data require organizations to buy, use, and administer two to fifty times more storage than they’d need with data deduplication.

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Real-Time Access to Disparate Information -- an Idea Whose Time Has Come

Real-Time Access to Disparate Information -- an Idea Whose Time Has Come

Until recently, many organizations were able to conduct day-to-day operations without providing their employees with real-time visibility into data ensconced in various silos. However, there are a number of urgent business considerations that mandate more timely interaction with vital enterprise information, regardless of where it’s stored, including:

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Best Practices for Designing and Deploying E-mail Archiving Solutions

Best Practices for Designing and Deploying E-mail Archiving Solutions

E-mail is the major application for healthcare organizations to communicate with members, partners and internally.  However healthcare organizations, given compliance and regulatory requirements, face challenges with regards to securing, retaining and accessing required e-mail over long periods of time.  The solution for many organizations has been to deploy e-mail archiving solutions to capture and retain e-mail and electronic discovery solutions to identify and access required e-mail.  Here are several areas to consider when designing an e-mail archiving strategy to avoid potential gaps.

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Improving Storage Optimization for Delivery of New Media Content

Improving Storage Optimization for Delivery of New Media Content

The Internet has evolved over the past couple decades from serving simple static HTML pages to a rich collection of formats.  The New Media consists of video, audio, images, scripts, etc. that are all combined to provide an engaging user experience.  At the same time, the total amount of content and the aggregate bandwidth being delivered to users continues to grow at a tremendous pace.   Cache Storage at the Origin data center and at various points in the delivery network has become a critical element of the ecosystem in order to scale these services in a cost-effective manner as well as provide good user experience.  In this article, I examine some key aspects of optimizing the data storage architecture to meet the challenges and growing demand in this domain.

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