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Companies skiving archiving

Companies are cutting corners on archiving as they struggle to deal with mountains of data and demands to maintan business continuity.

Confusion with backup and poor execution of archiving are running rife in corporates, according to research commissioned by BridgeHead Software.

Of the companies that do archive - and 28% don't bother at all - 67% do it without automated help. Most declare that between 20 to 50% of their server-based storage comprises unstructured user data.

Some 15% don't know how long it will take them to retrieve a lost file. "This suggests that some people are confusing backup and archiving," suggests Tony Cotterill, chief executive of BridgeHead Software. "Archiving involves indexing content such that it can be retrieved easily at a later time using keyword search. Anything else is just backup, and ineffectual backup at that."

Business continuity and disaster recovery were stated as chief reason for archiving by 48%.

The survey of 300 IT directors and managers is part of a broader report, The Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) Audit.


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