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February 2011

How SharePoint 2010 simplifies e-discovery

For organizations that are subject to federal regulations, those regs apply no matter where an organization’s data is actually stored. As such, SharePoint data is subject to the same regulatory controls as any other type of data. In some ways, this can be problematic. Earlier versions of SharePoint were not created with regulatory compliance in mind. In fact, e-discovery capabilities and other compliance-related features were only first introduced in SharePoint 2007. That being the case, it’s important to consider how organizations that use SharePoint will comply with e-discovery requests. Deploying SharePoint with e-discovery in mind The key to complying with e-discovery requests is to deploy and manage SharePoint in a way that facilitates e-discovery. When it comes to the initial SharePoint deployment, the best thing you can do is to deploy it as a single farm rather than allowing multiple, independent SharePoint servers. That way, even if your SharePoint data exists on multiple servers within multiple lists and document ...

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