Rip, Mix, Learn and the Goals of Storage Management

Audience: All
Technical Level: Medium

With the number of natural diasters that we have seen lately diaster recovery has become a very huge buzz word in the tech community. However many only think of the servers, many do not think of the workstation recovery.

In addition this session will introduce/refamiliarize the audience to various tools and software available for backing up workstatsions. It will include why one product may be better than another in ceratian environments.

At the Washington College of Law, Greta Dawson and Korin Munsterman inplemented backup solutions for workstations. Not all workstatsions are backed up with the same devices or software. Some of the solution is outsourced some in in house.

Solutions at WCL include 2nd copy and Connected by Iron Mountain.

More disk space please! Data must be preserved, it must be easily accessible, it must never be deleted. This presentation will explain how Duke Law School went from "out of disk space" headaches to SAN city.

The strategy of storage management is not just at a technical level, it is a conception in that the capacity and structure of data is a critical aspect for every network system. This is about the manageability of network files from MS Word, Powerpoint to databases, images and Email archiving.

Duke Law School went from ripping out several individual servers, to learning about SANs and mixing a closet full of CPU’s into an organized mounted rack. Data in virtually every organization continues to grow and storage decisions have become a vital role in security, recovery, and resource management.

MP3: DawsonLR4Sat900.mp3

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Greta A Dawson
Asst Director of Technology/Network Services Mgr
American University Washington College of Law

Becky Mangum
Network/Systems Manager
Duke University School of Law

Korin Munsterman
Director, Clinical Technology and Information Syst
American University Washington College of Law

About Elmer Masters

Elmer R. Masters is the Director of Technology at the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction ( where he works on interesting projects involving technology and legal education like eLangdell, Classcaster, Lawbooks, QuizWright, and the CALI website. He has nearly 25 years of experience building tech tools for legal education and systems for accessing law and legal materials on the Internet. He is the admin of the Teknoids mailing list ( and has been blogging about legal education, law, and technology for over 15 years ( He has a JD from Syracuse University College of Law and was employed by Syracuse, Cornell Law School, and Emory University School of Law before joining CALI in 2003. Elmer has presented at the CALI Conference for Law School Computing (where he organizes the program), the AALL and AALS Annual Meetings, Law Via The Internet, and other conferences, symposia, and workshops on topics ranging from IT management in law schools to building open access court reporting systems to information architecture design and implementation in law.
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