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e-Discovering the Cloud

Todd Neff | March 26, 2013

A Fortune 20 company was all set to move its e-mail and collaboration systems to the cloud. The business case was obvious: It would be cheaper, more scalable, and easier to manage. The chief information officer was about to pull the trigger.

Only one problem: The company hadn't considered the move's implications on e-discovery. Where would the data be stored? How quickly could it be accessed, analyzed, and removed for delivery to the opposing litigant? When would e-mails and other data be deleted? How could they prove that documents had not been manipulated?

Barry Murphy, principal analyst with the consulting firm eDJ Group and a contributor to eDiscovery Journal, raised some of these questions. While the cloud is still in the company's plans, it has scaled back and slowed the migration. e-Discovery concerns “prevented the IT team from going out and...

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