Data archiving survival guide

Companies not forward-thinking enough with data archiving strategies could find themselves in deep trouble, Gartner has warned.
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In a research note last year, Gartner analysts Kenneth Chin and James Lundy warned that companies not forward-thinking enough with data archiving strategies could find themselves in deep trouble.

"Companies need document and e-mail archiving products to meet today's legal and regulatory demands, but these two markets will be swallowed up in a few years.

Therefore, firms must identify vendors that can meet their immediate and long-term content archiving plans," they said.

One glaring problem the analysts identified was the fact that today, companies purchase two separate products to archive static documents and e-mail.

"The e-mail active-archiving market is new and growing quickly, and vendors are still entering it. "The integrated document archive and retrieval system (IDARS) market is mature, but continues on a collision course with distributed output management. Moreover, both technologies will likely become part of enterprise content management (ECM) suites by 2008, but many companies can't afford to wait that long; they need these capabilities now," Chin and Lundy said.

The duo warned that companies requiring a solution today must choose vendors that are strategically positioned for the future.

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