Archiving vs. e-Discovery

Some people feel e-discovery covers the needs of archiving. For example, in this article, the author takes the position that archiving is expensive and for the most part unnecessary, while a full-service e-discovery solution is the better choice.

The cost of archiving is not the point. The key value of archiving is preservation of data. It is a major fault to assume that the data you wish to “discover” is sitting where you expect, waiting to be discovered. Often the data was deleted by the end user and can only be found on an old backup. Or a file may have been edited, without any change to its name.

Archiving is a necessary underpinning of e-discovery. It removes the risk of lost data and spoliation.

... Bob Spurzem

One Comment

  1. Deborah Johnson
    Posted September 26, 2009 at 1:26 AM | Permalink

    I don’t even understand how the two can be seen as “one or the other.” It’s scary the lack of knowledge out there.

    Archiving is storage; eDiscovery is retrieval!

    You do both.

    Geez.

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