I am working on a couple of storage-related articles to appear in the last quarter of the year.
How long do we need data? And which technologies are available now, or being developed, that can extend data storage life? In some industries the projected retention period for critical data is now over 100 years, so can storage keep up?
The piece will cover:
- What is indefinite storage?
- How does it contrast with less lengthy periods of data retention?
- Where might indefinite storage be required?
- What regulations / laws might dictate it?
- What industries, or particular data within companies, might it affect?
- What are the technical requirements for indefinite storage?
Deadline for leads: Monday, 14th November
IT ( storage) hardware shortages and how to ameliorate them
Some critical IT components are becoming harder to source, and that is having an knock-on effect on computer hardware, including storage; potentially shortages could also ipacrt the cloud. In this piece we will look at:
- The big picture in terms of the shortages and how long are hardware supply issues likely to last?
- What storage hardware is affected?
- Some evidence of the effects?
- What are the underlying causes?
- What are the key effects on storage hardware procurement?
- What can IT departments do to ameliorate the effects?
Deadline for leads: Monday, 21st November
<p>For either of these articles, please contact me by <a href=”mailto:email@example.com?Subject=CW: November 2022 features”>email</a> in the first instance.</p>
I am writing two articles for Computer Weekly’s storage section, one on storage and data compliance for the enterprise, and the other on the growing field of high-performance object storage.
This piece will look at the top 5 UK compliance concerns in 2020.
What are the five key laws/regulations that must be adhered to by UK organisations in 2020, including both current and upcoming legislation. For each we will look at the implications of the law/reg for storage, backup, and archiving.
This could, for example, include legal search and e-discovery, or the Right to be Forgotten under GDPR.
We will also look at how the cloud fits in.
High performance object storage
Object storage has been known as a good way of storing lots of unstructured data, but with less emphasis on performance.
But AI and analytics workloads are prompting storage architects to look at performance too. The feature will cover:
- Where object storage is heading in performance terms and what’s driving it.
- Which performance metrics matter
- How have object storage vendors improved performance?
- Who are the key object storage vendors that are tackling the challenge of better performance and what do they offer?
The deadline for leads for both articles is Friday 20th March, please contact me by email if you can help.
For Computer Weekly, I’m looking at the compliance issues around gathering, storing and processing unstructured data.
This article will examine the likely compliance risks in unstructured data, and suggest potential solutions. It will ask:
- What is unstructured data? How does it compare to structured and semi-structured data types?
- Why is compliance an issue at all?
- Why is achieving compliance of unstructured data potentially problematic?
- What are the key steps to achieving unstructured data compliance?
As businesses gather ever greater volumes of unstructured data, and develop new ways to process and analyse the information, compliance becomes increasingly important. This is especially the case when organisations start to combine data sets, and use advanced analytics to search for insights in the information. Does the original consent to hold and process the data carry over to this type of application? And what happens when unstructured data is mixed with other data sets?
For the piece I am keen to have comments from data scientists, compliance experts, academics, lawyers and end user IT organisations. As the deadline is quite short, please send pitches, initial comments and leads to me by 1200 London time, June 13th by email please.