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Mention storage in the same breath as Sarbanes Oxley and the immediate reaction of senior management might be to hide the checkbook. Invariably a vendor is making a pitch on how the latest, and greatest, WORM-enabled, opto-magnetic, network replicated gizmo is going to solve all of their problems. SOX has become the latest in a line of vehicles to which vendors have hitched their wagons in order to sell more gear (remember the Y2K buying frenzy?). The sad truth of the matter is that you could have the greatest technology in the world and still miserably fail a compliance audit. The Storage Manager's Dilemma Don't get me wrong - vendors are not solely to blame. To quote that great American philosopher Pogo, "We have met the enemy and he is us." Many organizations procrastinated before giving serious consideration to SOX, particularly to Section 404's compliance requir... (more)