Byte & Switch: Effects of Compliance

Byte and Switch Insider examines the implications of compliance for IT managers

May 24, 2004

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NEW YORK -– The onslaught of new "compliance" laws and regulations has put storage professionals under intense pressure, but it is also a great chance for companies to rework their operational processes and improve efficiency, says a new report from the subscription research service Byte and Switch Insider (

Entitled "Compliance: Do No Evil," the report focuses on the implications of compliance for IT and storage managers and provides valuable information about the compliance landscape combined with analysis of the vendors and offerings designed to help enterprises achieve compliance.

"You can approach compliance as a way to improve company performance and bring in new policies and procedures that were needed anyway," says the author of the report, Graeme Thickins. "It's part of the broader 'information lifecycle management' strategy and a step toward automated, policy-based management – the ultimate storage vision."

Thickins is a storage and IT industry veteran who writes on storage networking, utility computing, and other IT trends.

Among the report's key findings:

  • At least $5 billion will be spent on compliance in 2004 alone – and that's just the beginning.

  • Organizations will spend an average of 6,000 person-hours during 2004 to comply just with Section 204 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, say analysts.

  • IT and storage professionals are not alone: The compliance team is a multidisciplinary effort.

  • People and process is where it all begins: Develop a sound compliance program before buying products.

  • Two-thirds of corporations expect to be able to deal with compliance using systems they already have.

  • Email and instant messaging are pain points that many firms have to deal with right away.

  • The report identifies approximately 60 vendors with compliance-related products and services.

Private companies featured in this report: Archivas Inc.; Arkivio Inc.; Breece Hill LLC; Cohasset Associates Inc.; CommVault Systems Inc.; Connected Corp.; Copan Systems Inc.; DataCenter Technologies Inc.; Decru Inc.; Doculabs Inc.; FivePoints Compliance Inc.; GST Inc.; iLumin Software Services Inc.; IMlogic Inc.; International Network Services Inc. (INS); Intradyn Inc.; Invio Software Inc.; Kahn Consulting Inc.; KOM Networks Inc.; KVS Inc.; Lumigent Technologies Inc.; Movaris Inc.; Nth Orbit Inc.; Open Pages Inc.; Pegasus Disk Technologies Inc.; Permabit Inc.; Plasmon plc; PowerFile Inc.; PricewaterhouseCoopers; Princeton Softech Inc.; PSS Systems Inc.; Qumas Inc.; SANZ Inc.; Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC); Seven Ten Storage Software Inc.; Thunderhead Ltd.; Zantaz Inc.; and ZipLip Inc.

Public companies featured in this report: BT Syntegra (a subsidiary of BT Group plc [NYSE: BTY; London: BTA]); CaminoSoft Corp. (OTC: CMSF); Capgemini (Euronext Paris: CAP); Computer Associates International Inc. (NYSE: CA); Electronic Data Systems Corp. (NYSE: EDS); EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC); FileNet Corp. (Nasdaq: FILE); Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ); IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM); Iron Mountain Inc. (NYSE: IRM); IXOS Software AG (Frankfurt: XOS; a unit of Open Text Corp. [Nasdaq: OTEX]); LSI Logic Corp. (NYSE: LSI); Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT); Network Appliance Inc. (Nasdaq: NTAP); Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE); Storage Technology Corp. (StorageTek) (NYSE: STK); Tumbleweed Communications Corp. (Nasdaq: TMWD); and Veritas Software Corp. (Nasdaq: VRTSE).

The new report is available as part of an annual subscription to the monthly Byte and Switch Insider, priced at $1,350. The annual subscription includes 12 monthly Byte and Switch Insider reports covering the hottest technologies and markets in storage networking. Individual reports are available for $900.

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