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Cloud Archiving and Compliance
Clients like governments and the finance industry have extensive requirements for archiving and e-discovery
Sep. 7, 2012 06:30 AM
Our Cloud Archiving and Compliance best practices will define a maturity model for this hugely important segment within the industry.
It will also produce a best practices white paper, tailored to meet the needs of the NIST Business Use Case that defines the specific requirements for this functionality, the FAA E-Discovery scenario (11-page PDF).
It will also describe a response to the general best practices defined in the recent CIO.gov document: Best practices for ITaaS, which also describes eDiscovery requirements. Download the 44-page PDF here.
Cloud Archiving Managed Services
First there is the simple facet of the business opportunity. Clients like governments and the finance industry have extensive requirements for archiving and e-discovery.
Secondly and the accelerating factor is that the biggest hold up to Cloud adoption is the lack of maturity in this area. Typically the fears all centre on issues like data residency, where is the data hosted, and what protections are in place to ensure this data is not tampered with and so on.
These are requirements that archiving solutions deal with straight off the bat.
The Gartner Magic Quadrant places vendors like HP (Autonomy), IBM and Symantec as the leaders in this space, but this is a focus on the overall broad category of enterprise archiving, meaning it includes traditional on-site systems too.
Where the real challenge and opportunity is presented is how these types of capabilities can be absorbed into Cloud hosting environments, challenges that are well described in this white paper from another of the vendors Proofpoint: Cloud Computing and eDiscovery.
They are exactly right on this, which is a blunt explanation of why Cloud adoption is still very low despite the huge hype. There`s your answer.
Also Proofpoint describe the solution, and the associated opportunity for Cloud Providers:
If Cloud Providers do this they will not only open up a specific product segment, Cloud Archiving, but they will also alleviate Cloud adoption fears in general and open the floodgates for broader adoption of all Cloud apps.
This is why, in my opinion, Cloud Archiving is the single most important product area for Cloud Providers to invest in.
Cloud Archiving – Service specifications
For a taste of these market opportunities we can review a number of related industry initiatives.
Managing Government Records - President Obama recently declared the ‘Managing Government Records‘ initiative , to better use Cloud technologies to perform Information Management and achieve Open Government. Canada also recently announced a similar initiative, to build a ‘GC Docs’ portal that publishes all of their records.
The NIST Business Use Case details the required service specifications, begun with this high level introduction and overview:
Our Cloud Archiving best practices program will detail how Cloud Providers can develop products in this area to meet these requirements and opportunities.
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