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Choosing between two data collection approaches in an IaaS environment

Although the data collection tools resemble those of a standard IT environment, the methodology can differ

In part one of this three-part series, we discussed some of the basic concepts and advantages that result when organizations abandon the traditional concept of data storage and move their IT infrastructure to Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) providers. Part two of the series dealt with the data’s location once it has entered the cloud. Now, we come to the end of our e-discovery rollercoaster and discuss how to best collect this data.

It is almost anti-climactic to discuss data collection tools in an IaaS environment, simply because they are the same tools that companies use to collect data from a standard IT environment. That’s right--the very same tools that organizations deploy to retrieve data from laptops, desktops, servers and the like can also collect data from an IaaS environment.

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Jonathan Fowler

Jonathan Fowler, EnCE, ACE, is the Director of Forensics at First Advantage Litigation Consulting. He can be reached at

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