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White House e-discovery squeeze puts e-mail backup in focus

Brian Fonseca | Feb. 14, 2008
Experts say many organizations lack urgency to archive e-mail, handle discovery requests

"Everyone is afraid to throw anything away. All that [stored data] on the production system isn't pruned. It's all just continually backed up," said Whitehouse. "[Paranoia] is a characteristic of a lot of companies out there, and they're not repeatedly optimizing their backups."

In addition to e-mail archiving, Whitehouse said businesses can streamline their backup systems by "skimming" unchanged information from data sets being saved, instituting policies for incremental rather than full backups, and incorporating de-duplication and decompression into backup practices.

"I think in a lot of organizations backup has not been considered a [forward-thinking] strategy. As unsexy as it is, we need to make sure we're doing it right and we have the right level of resources applied to it," she said.


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