find the latest legal job
Senior Associate - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Category: Litigation and Dispute Resolution | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Come work for a firm ranked in Lawyers Weekly Top 25 Attraction Firms
View details
Associate - Workplace Relations & Safety
Category: Industrial Relations and Employment Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Employer of choice · Strong team culture
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: All Perth WA
· Freelance opportunities through Vario from Pinsent Masons
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Adelaide SA
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Next-generation data storage takes legal industry by storm

Next-generation data storage takes legal industry by storm


As law firms move towards paperless offices, fast and secure data storage is increasingly becoming a priority for firms.

Up to five law firms in Australia have upgraded their data storage hardware to solid-state drives (SSDs) in the past year to tackle slow backups and technological glitches. 

SSDs differ from traditional spinning disks in that they contain no moving parts and no movable read/write heads, making them generally longer-lasting, faster and more expensive. Flash memory arrays are a subset of SSDs that contain multiple memory chips.

M+K Lawyers, Maurice Blackburn and Henry Davis York, which all chose flash array provider Pure Storage, said they had seen business benefits from the new technology, claiming it sped up eDiscovery and minimised practice management issues. 

“Complaints about slow servers have been reduced by 60-70 per cent,” said Debbie Kealy (pictured), manager – IT support services at M+K Lawyers.

Under the old system, nightly backups would take up to 12 hours, often running into business hours at M+K Lawyers.

With SSD technology, which was installed over Christmas, backups only take four hours, preventing the system from slowing down when lawyers are working during the day.

“Our Practice Management System nightly backup was taking one-and-a-half hours and after moving to Pure it took eight minutes,” Ms Kealy said.

“The lawyers themselves just want fast performance. [Many lawyers] don't see the monetary value of it, but the business owners do.”

Faster systems and better support from the provider “really freed up our IT resources”, she continued. “Now we can focus on giving back to the business.”

Ms Kealy said the IT department adds value when it spends time training lawyers to use technology efficiently, rather than fixing problems that arise.

“[Lawyers need] continual drip-feeding because they are concentrating on the legal job at hand,” she said. “A lot of them like to think, ‘Yes, I know all about technology’, but a lot of them don’t.”

Alex Clonaris, manager, business technology solutions at Henry Davis York, said instant feedback from service providers acts as a safety net for firms.

“If there is an issue, they will know about it before we do. If something did go wrong we wouldn't have lawyers breathing down our necks in IT. You've got that assurance and that trust that they've already known about it and they're already onto fixing it.”

Michael Cornwell, chief technology officer at Pure, said the Australian market is a trailblazer when it comes to adopting new technology.

"I always see the Australian market as looking into the future in comparison to a lot of other markets.”

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Next-generation data storage takes legal industry by storm
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Oct 20 2017
Podcast: One of law’s most infamous alumni – in conversation with Julian Morrow
In this episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show, Melissa Coade is joined by The Chaser’s Julian Morrow....
Oct 20 2017
High Court overturns ‘excessive’ anti-protest legislation
Bob Brown’s recent victory in the High Court over the Tasmanian government was a win for fundament...
Oct 20 2017
Changes to Australian citizenship laws blocked
Attempts to beef up the requirements to obtain Australian citizenship were thwarted this week, after...
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...