In order to assess IT spending priorities over the next 12-18 months, ESG recently surveyed 540 IT professionals representing midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America and Western Europe. All respondents were personally responsible for or familiar with their organizations’ 2012 IT spending as well as their 2013 IT budget and spending plans at either an entire organization level or at a business unit/division/branch level.
Trends and announcements from ILTA 2012 in horizontal IT for law firms: information management, information security, online collaboration, and mobility.
Among the many choices among the NoSQL, NewSQL, and other databases beyond RDBMS movement, open source Cassandra, with its commercially-supported version from DataStax, has momentum as exhibited by over 800 aficiandos attending the Cassandra Summit earlier in August. What is Cassandra, and for which solution use cases might you consider Cassandra?
Beyond swimming, running, and jumping, the London Olymipics could present a few challenges for IT infrastructure and security.
CommVault Simpana software, a data management platform that delivers backup, archive, search, and analytics capabilities, can be a viable cornerstone of an organization's information retention strategy. Simpana provides archiving capabilities that organizations may not believe they need now but, given current archive market trends, will be extremely useful to them in the near future.
The "search engine" component of a purpose-built archive solution is frequently brushed over by vendors and customers alike because, although core to the benefits provided by an application, it is not as flashy as some of the other functions highlighted during the buying and selling processes. Most archive buyers view the application as a means of saving information rather than accessing it. But purpose-built archives are now relied upon by knowledge workers (retrieving old messages), attorneys (producing evidence), and compliance officers (fulfilling audit requests) for information access. Disrupting these processes is likely to have a substantial negative impact on the company in terms of productivity and risk.
While search engines have to scale to meet more demanding access needs and bigger archives, they must fundamentally function properly in terms of producing accurate results, especially when organizations are using them within compliance and e-discovery processes. The balance between performance of a search engine and accuracy is critical for a maximum payback for any archive investment.
With the release of Enterprise Vault 10 Symantec has delivered a 64-bit archive solution that aims to meet the performance requirements of large archive systems while also maintaining accurate data retrieval results. ESG Lab tested the query results of Enterprise Vault 9 with version 10 indexes to verify the accuracy of data retrievals when upgrading from 32-bit to 64-bit indexes.