Data Storage: 12 Important E-Discovery Trends for 2011 and Beyond

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-12-23 Print this article Print
12 Important E-Discovery Trends for 2011 and Beyond

12 Important E-Discovery Trends for 2011 and Beyond

by Chris Preimesberger
Until only a few years ago, document discovery for litigation purposes was the domain of lawyers, law clerks, judges and other non-IT folks. Not anymore. Since the advent of search engines for word documents, email,??íspreadsheets, messaging threads, photos, logs, videos and a score of other file formats, IT has been intimately involved in rounding up evidence for legal cases. As the sheer amount of business information continues to multiply in storage arrays—whether they are on or off-premises—it has become more difficult for legal teams to find all the documents they need to prosecute or defend a case.??íThus, the e-discovery field has??íburgeoned with new ideas and products that: a) find the correct information; b) find it within a reasonable amount of time; and c) cut the often staggering costs of having??íexpensive legal teams sift through files one by one. In this slideshow,??íeWEEK, with the assistance of ZL Technologies of San Jose, Calif., offers a list of its top e-discovery trends for 2011 and beyond. ??í
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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