rudy komacsar (5/28/2009)
As DBAs we act as the 'stewards' of data - we are not the owners of the data.
To gets us beyond the issues of ownership and stewardship, maybe the skills needed for final adjudication of data is an additional DBA skill. It includes safe disposition of data. Much like a hazardous materials expert who advises in all aspects of acquisition, use, and disposition, DBAs can serve this unmet expertise. Perhaps the acquisition plans should also include safe methods for disposition as well. Not that there is not enough to do for already overworked DBAs, but as a long-term strategy, perhaps DBAs of future can stake a claim to such skills.
Might be a good idea when SQL 2000 makes our jobs completely obsolete, because just anyone will be able to install, run and build databases! 🙂 When that happens, we'll still have a job, running the hard drives through a shredder or some such.
Sorry. Couldn't resist.
Most companies aren't going to care about their "dead data" enough to pay someone to handle it. If disposal becomes legally mandatory, then yes, there will be companies that will provide that service, and experts employed by them to do it.
Till then, if you buy a used computer, check for anything entertaining on the drives, then wipe them clean. Last thing you want is to have your refurb computer make sure it rejoins all of the bot-nets that the prior owner was kind enough to install for you.
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