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Multidimensional tagging, a key component in social sharing sites, can potentially help enterprises manage large stores of information. In this article, I'll examine the ways that multidimensional tagging will be implemented using Open Source tools. As storage costs have continued to decrease, organizations create and retain more information. It is easy - and useful - to keep information online, just in case it's needed. The challenge has become managing information not simply storing it. Structured systems, such as relational database management systems (RDBMS), have well-developed tools for indexing, locating, and retrieving information. Unfortunately not all information fits well into structured systems. Graphics, presentations, spreadsheets, and word processor documents have all proliferated, no longer bound by storage costs. This is especially true of desktop ... (more)

It's Not Your Father's Backup Anymore

Backup is the most important method for protecting mission-critical data. Traditionally, a backup system meant a tape drive attached to a server or mainframe. Software on the server regularly dumped an image of the entire set of disks to the tape each night. If things went well, someone pulled the tape out in the morning and put a new one in before going home at night. Advances in tape backup centered around making this process more efficient and safe by adding digital tape, encryption, automation, and compression. The core technologies - magnetic tape, tape drives, SCSI, and ser... (more)