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.