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Welcome to the B&L Blog

by on May 13, 2008

Hi everyone!  I’m Mike Kramer, VP of Sales and Marketing for B&L Associates, Inc.

Twelve years ago, I started out on a team to market and sell a management system for offline backup tapes.  During that time, we have had great success—managing offline media for some of the largest telecommunications, technology, manufacturing, and financial companies in the world. 

Surprisingly, what we found out very early on was that our customers didn’t really care about the backup tapes themselves.  They cared about the data on the tape!  Since that time B&L has developed software to easily manage offline data for our users.

Since 1996, I’ve seen the landscape change quite a bit.  When we started out, most of the pain points for our clients were dealing with “Disaster Recovery”, which was a hot topic in the late 90s.

Early years of the millennium brought about the need to make sure that all offline information needed to be tracked for compliancy.  This was brought about, of course, from the Enron scandal resulting in such government regulations like Sarbanes-Oxley.

Today, we’re seeing a change again.

In late 2006, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP), which govern the production of evidence in most federal court cases, were amended in regards to electronically stored information (ESI), and its availability for litigation.

In other words, e-Discovery. You can read more about the specific rule changes here and read how it affects tape and data management here.

All 3 topics:

  • Disaster Recovery
  • Compliancy
  • eDiscovery

are very worthwhile to write about.

This blog is about these topics, and how they are affected by a term I’m going to dub “Archived Data Management.”

I’ll address in my next post what Archived Data Management is, in my view, and attempt to tackle the huge issues that surround it.  I look forward to your comments, and I hope this proves to be a worthwhile investment of your time.

Stay tuned!

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