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Copying grows along with data, driving attempts to rein it in

Stephen Lawson | June 4, 2013
There are reasons to duplicate data, but it can get out of hand, analysts say.

"We love data. We collect data like crazy," Bua said. Because it specializes in commercial real estate, Admirals Bank constantly collects data about buildings in its region, including ones it might want to acquire, he said.

Instituting a new data copying regimen can take some IT effort, according to Robert Reeder, CIO at Rezolve Group, a college financial-aid services company. Rezolve implemented copy management with Actifio at the same time it switched from direct-attached storage to a SAN (storage area network), and employees supported both efforts "philosophically," Reeder said.

"But we said, in doing that, 'it also means you can't just prolifically add multiple copies,' and [defined] the procedure. We just had to be responsive" when employees needed the new technology set up or explained, Reeder said.

"It's mostly people and process, more than it's technology," ESG's Buffington said. However, introducing a copy data management system can be the catalyst for better practices in an enterprise, he said. "This, I think, is a case of, 'If you build it, they will come.'"

 

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