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Re: Gotta keep it, because ... who knows?
  • 1/4/2015 4:20:15 PM
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@Lyndon. The companies that sell disk drives love to hear people say they are afraid that they might regret trashing some of their data. That said, I think the cost of storage (low and getting lower) is only part of the equation. You also need to know what you have, and keeping track of that inventory is a challenge.

Gotta keep it, because ... who knows?
  • 1/4/2015 4:07:27 PM
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Rbaz writes


Pack rat that I've become, is because I've lived long enough to have experienced the day after regrets for discarding something that I was certain would not be of future need or value. So if the cost of keeping is not prohibitive, It's a given. That being said, data storage is cheap.


 

I'm always nervous about discarding data, mainly because once zapped, it's probably gone forever (in some cases salvageable, but not easily and probably at some expense). For big companies and agencies, I'd also wonder if somebody doesn't figure that old data couldn't be mined for some "intellectual property" value or something.

 

Re: Extremes
  • 12/31/2014 4:56:13 PM
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That maintenance includes monitoring security and access. This does require some effort and thus cost.

Re: Extremes
  • 12/31/2014 4:13:22 PM
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Seems to me there is also an increased maintenance costs for keeping everything.  Maybe this just falls under the broad category of "resources available".  If not in this definition, then definately something to add to the list of considerations. 

Re: Extremes
  • 12/31/2014 4:07:13 PM
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"....You also have to leave enough room for innovation. Otherwise there will come a time when you have to make an emergency plea to upper management for more infrastructure without being able to explain why." 

 

I have experienced this scenario and it really is difficult to get more storage once you get to this point.  So a forward thinking approach to storage is vital if storage is a mainstay of the business.

Re: Extremes
  • 12/31/2014 3:43:58 PM
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Pack rat that I've become, is because I've lived long enough to have experienced the day after regrets for discarding something that I was certain would not be of future need or value. So if the cost of keeping is not prohibitive, It's a given. That being said, data storage is cheap.

Re: Extremes
  • 12/31/2014 12:29:54 PM
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What might seem low risk, might actually have links to more sensitive data or have pieces that when put together have more potential for harm than would be good.

Re: Extremes
  • 12/31/2014 11:41:39 AM
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@Tomsg. I think you would find that most of the "nice to have data" would tend to be relatively low risk, things like consumer trends, geographic or weather data, and economic data. If you are going to store the more critical data like employee records, intellectual property and customer data you have to apply the same best practices in security whether you plan to have that data sit on your disks for five minutes or five years.

Re: Extremes
  • 12/31/2014 8:51:51 AM
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I agree. If you are going to keep data that will not be used right away, security becomes even more importatnt. Data that isn't used a lot can have a breach that might go undectected longer than something in regular use.

Re: Extremes
  • 12/31/2014 8:51:51 AM
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I agree. If you are going to keep data that will not be used right away, security becomes even more importatnt. Data that isn't used a lot can have a breach that might go undectected longer than something in regular use.

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