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Getting more Value out of your ‘Big Data’

Big Data

When it comes to your data, shouldn’t you be focusing on more than just compliance and risk mitigation? Every year companies large and small go to great lengths to reduce the risks and compliance issues associated with records and information. No doubt, you have come across the term, ‘big data’ in reference to organisational records…

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Data Archiving Using a Hybrid Data Storage Approach – Part 2

Data Archiving Using a Hybrid Data Storage Approach

Solving the challenges of implementing hybrid data storage for data archives. In, ‘Data Archiving Using a Hybrid Data Storage Approach – Part 1’ we took a look at the pros and cons of both tape storage systems and cloud storage systems. Both options have clear reasons why they are excellent for data storage and yet…

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Data Archiving Using a Hybrid Data Storage Approach – Part 1

Data Archiving Using a Hybrid Data Storage Approach

Is the rapid pace of digital transformation hampering your ability to manage growing volumes of data? If you answered yes to the above then it may be time for you to consider using a hybrid data storage approach for your data archiving needs. While the digital revolution has presented great opportunities, the transition to digital…

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Data Breach – A Scenario Worth Avoiding

Data Breach – A Scenario Worth Avoiding - Docufile

A data breach can do untold damage to organisations of any size. Learn about one scenario that can easily be avoided. After many years, the ABC Shipping Company* had accumulated several thousand hards drives worth of data. These hard drives of course were now getting rather old. Since hard drives do not last for ever,…

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Cyber-crime – Small Business Equals Big Target

Cyber-crime - Small Business Equals Big Target - Docufile

Cyber-crime is not new and it is increasing rapidly. When cyber-crime makes the headlines it is always the big brands who have been targeted that we hear about. The truth, however, is that small businesses are targeted far more often than big brands. This is because they tend to be less aware of cyber-crime and…

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How much ‘Big Data’ should you hold onto?

Big Data

While big data holds great value for companies that take the time to analyse it for insights, this does not mean you should hold onto all your data forever. While many organisations are reducing their reliance on paper records, and storing valuable documents in secure offsite storage facilities, their electronic records continue to increase as…

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Data Storage – Top External Hard Drive Options

Data Storage - Top External Hard Drive Options

We have created a shortlist of some of the best hard drives for personal and small business data storage use When it comes to hard drives for data storage, we are really spoilt for choice these days. There are more than a few good brands to look at and so making up your mind one…

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Records Management Myths – Sorting Facts from Fiction

Records Management Myths - Sorting Facts from Fiction

Separating truth from fiction. Records Management myths have been around for a long time and like other subjects these myths tend to confuse and are no help to anyone. Therefore, today we will be busting a few myths and revealing some valuable insights.   Myth Number 1 CDs and DVD are great for long-term backups…

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The Importance of using Tape Backups

Magnetic tape backups

Why Tape Backups remain relevant and popular.   Tape Backups have been around a long time, with the first magnetic tape data storage being used in 1951 in the Eckert-Mauchly UNIVAC 1, which was the second commercial computer made in the US. Today you have many new options such as hard drives and the Cloud.…

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Why creating and following a Backup Schedule is necessary

The importance of having a backup schedule

How to stay productive and in business.   Does your organisation have a backup schedule? If not, then it is time to implement one as soon as possible. Why is it so important? It is not so much a case of ‘if’ but rather ’when’ disaster will strike your business. It may happen tomorrow, it…

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Know the location of your data

locate your data

Do you know what data is located where?   Record Management disasters do happen. Being properly prepared could mean the difference between a company closing disaster and a minor inconvenience disaster. The choice is yours. If someone asked you for your client contracts or bank statements would you be able to find them instantly without…

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What is Offsite Data Storage and Management?

offsite data storage hard drive

Get to know this vital business continuity tool.   Your company’s data is very important. It houses all of your personal records, customer information, previous work orders, tax returns, and all sorts of other material and data that is necessary for your business to function. While you probably have never had to suffer through an…

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The 7 Core Competencies of a Great Records Manager

Your Records Manager must maintain the integrity of your records

Why your Records Manager may be one of your greatest assets   Most organisations have a Records Manager in some form or another from Filing Clerk to Chief Information Officer. Depending on the size of your organisation and the volumes of documents and records needing to be administered, your Records and Information Management Policies will…

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Blu-ray Disc Data Storage Technology

Blu-ray Disc Data Storage Technology

The History of Data Storage Technology – Part 8 Data Storage Technology (2000)   The Blu-ray disc was designed as the successor to DVD, and with capacities, ranging from 25GB to 128GB it raised laser disc standards to fantastic new levels. The name Blu-ray comes from the blue laser used to read these discs. Due…

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USB Flash Drive Data Storage Technology

USB Flash Drive Data Storage Technology

The History of Data Storage Technology – Part 7 Data Storage Technology (1999)   The Flash Drive is one of the most common data storage technologies used today, thanks to its convenience, ease of use and wide range of capacity options. USB Flash Drive data storage technology started out in 1999 with a Patent controversy…

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DVD Data Storage Technology

Dvd-burning-cutaway3 - DVD Data Storage

The History of Data Storage Technology – Part 6 Data Storage Technology (1995)   DVD data storage was invented in 1995 by Philips, Sony, Toshiba and Panasonic and has been, for over a decade, the standard format for distributing digital video, replacing VHS. DVD has also been a popular solution for storing a wide range…

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Compact Disc Data Storage Technology

CD Rom Pits - Compact Disc Data Storage Technology

The History of Data Storage Technology – Part 5 Data Storage Technology (1979)   Compact Disc data storage technology was developed by Philips and Sony during the mid-1970s, and was based on Laser disc technology invented in 1958 by David Paul Gregg and James Russell. Compact Discs (CDs) became available commercially in 1982. Originally created…

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Floppy Disk Data Storage Technology

Floppy Disk Drive Data Storage

The History of Data Storage Technology – Part 4 Data Storage Technology (1971)   Floppy disks were the standard form of data storage from 1971 – 2000. For nearly 30 years these diskette’s, as they were also known, were installed on most pcs and used to read and write data. The floppy disk was made…

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Hard Drive Data Storage Technology

Hard Drive Data Storage - BRL61-IBM_305_RAMAC

The History of Data Storage Technology – Part 3 Data Storage Technology (1956)   The hard disk drive or ‘hard drive’ has been around a long time. First introduced commercially by IBM in 1956, the hard drive is still the standard means of computer data storage today. Hard drive data storage technology utilises one or…

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Magnetic Tape Data Storage Technology

Magnetic tape drives

The History of Data Storage Technology – Part 2 Data Storage Technology (1928)   Magnetic tape data storage was first used to record computer data in 1951 on the  Eckert-Mauchly UNIVAC 1, which was the second commercial computer made in the US. By the 70s and on into the 80s many home computers made use…

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Punch Card Data Storage Technology

Punch Card data storage

The History of Data Storage Technology – Part 1 Data Storage Technology (1725)   The punch card method of data storage, was invented in 1725 by Basile Bouchon and Jean-Baptiste Falcon as a means of controlling textile looms. The punch card was basically a stiff piece of paper which had marked positions that could be…

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