Classic E-Discovery Case at White House

Classic example of e-discovery: U.S. Magistrate Judge John Facciola has given the White House five days to tell him whether backup tapes from 2003 through 2005 include the missing emails associated with the Valerie Plame case.

Who knows how many backup tapes. Probably hundreds, at least.

Think about the work involved. Every backup contains a snapshot in time. Backups could have been made with different types or versions of backup software. They could also represent different types or versions of email systems (e.g., Exchange, Notes, etc.). In typical e-discovery cases these days, recovering just one tape could cost in the $1,500 range.

Five days to find a needle in a haystack.

E-discovery is a big pain. Companies everywhere need to be prepared for this kind of thing. Most of them aren't. Ferris Research wouldn't be. How about you?

... David Sengupta

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