Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I had the opportunity to catch up on some research and came across an article discussing the best strategy for archiving data in place. It was published fairly recently at SearchStorage (11/24/2014) and authored by John Toigo, a veteran analyst in the storage space. He discusses several topics of interest to the CGOC community, which I will get to shortly, but I wanted to highlight an important concept that wasn’t specifically articulated. It is the fact that technologists in IT are not just one of the stakeholders in information governance, but are critical enablers as well. This isn’t a revelation to the CGOC audience necessarily, however, the discussion of emerging/innovative technology for archiving digital assets provided a level of emphasis.
Given new initiatives emerging in organizations today like cloud and BYOD getting all the stakeholders together as part of the technology, evaluation is critical. IT has the opportunity and the responsibility to ensure this happens to improve its technical architecture enabling the whole organization to benefit. Just think about how an object storage infrastructure can satisfy archive, protection, compliance and privacy requirements based on metadata enabled policies. It can serve the dual purpose of an internal cloud (private) providing authorized and secure access to data from employee mobile devices (BYOD). I wrote about an example in another blog post, Cloud and Governance are Not Mutually Exclusive.
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