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In response to Bill Goodwin's article on the national e-crime plan

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On the government's e-crime strategy

In response to Bill Goodwin's article on the national e-crime plan Read article >>

How much confidence do I have in the government's e-crime strategy? Not much - about the same level of confidence I have with the government's anti-spam laws.

The question that needs to be addressed is why do the major ISPs allow all that spam to be moved around (almost all phishing is spam to begin with). There are products available that will block false, forged or unverifiable e-mail addresses. The ISPs need to look to that type of product now.

Liz Power

On enterprise storage

In response to the special report on storage Read article >>

Many datacentres have embraced the concept of enterprise storage with gusto, but companies are now having to carefully justify policies and purchases, which for the past five years have been based upon the premise of "disc storage is cheap, let's get some more".

This approach has resulted in inefficiencies of operation and has stifled and injured business performance. The promotion by storage hardware suppliers of pre-prescribed hardware products has led to a product centricity and a shift in the debate from business, information and knowledge to simply filling rooms with as many discs as possible.

This has created a dangerous situation where it is all too easy for in-house IT staff to diagnose their own data management needs and incorrectly prescribe their own "off-the-shelf" storage hardware product.

Companies may believe they need a storage area network, network attached storage or direct attached storage product but these are categories on which products can be conveniently hung and they fail to address the key information issues affecting businesses today - namely the interrelationship between data security, access, transfer volumes, file systems, databases, applications and the systems on which they run.

Organisations do not necessarily need another rack of discs, or a San, Nas or Das system. What they need is a system that best supports their business and makes use of all relevant technologies. What that means is expert analysis, design and implementation; not a litany of spec sheets and product price lists.

Mark Simmonds, managing director, Anix Group

On addressing energy inefficiency

In response to the feature on the potential drain on IT budgets caused by poor management of electrical equipment in the office Read article >>

Of equal importance to the issues raised in the article is the problem of increasing landfill created by "end-of-life" products.

The Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE), which comes into force in August, aims to deal with this problem by regulating how we re-use, reclaim, recycle and dispose of IT hardware.

In a response to the directive, the Department of Trade & Industry confirmed that "individual producers", ie manufacturers, will be responsible for the cost of collection and recycling of their own products.

So IT managers may assume this has nothing to do with them. This may be true, however the cost of the directive will make itself felt along the entire supply chain. The Royal Mail recently claimed that the implementation of the WEEE Directive was likely to add to the cost of its IT hardware by 10%.

The DTI also proposed that WEEE is returned on a "like-for-like" basis, although it is unclear what is really meant by this. Can you return an old printer when purchasing a multifunction device, for example? So it may be necessary to introduce a policy for the management of WEEE before it becomes law.

Mike Dinsdale, marketing director, Brother UK

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