U.S. companies are markedly more willing than their UK counterparts to seek out and embrace new techniques for managing archived data over the long term, possibly reflecting a greater awareness in the U.S. of compliance and retention issues, according to new statistics from the second annual BridgeHead Software Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) Audit.
Striking national differences are apparent in responses to the value of maintaining long-term archived data. Sixty-two percent of U.S. respondents' rate preserving archived data for the long-term on multiple media types such as disk, tape and optical technologies as important or very important, while only 41 percent of UK respondents feel the same way. UK apathy also registers at the other end of the scale, where 20 percent of UK respondents answer "don't know" (only 6 percent in the U.S.) and 16 percent answer "unimportant" (11 percent in the U.S.).
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