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Published: 29 Oct 2012

This month's cover story looks at the impact of new data retention regulations on data storage (see "Regulations Squeeze Storage"). For all the talk about it, compliance hasn't made its way onto the floor at many shops. You could say the same about information lifecycle management (ILM), another movement that could affect how you store data. For all their differences, compliance and ILM share one thing in common: Even if you drink the whole bowl of Kool-Aid, win the lottery and are ready to spend all your winnings to implement them, you can't. The tools aren't there, despite the growing number of vendors who are attaching ILM labels to everything they do. Even if they were, many decisions first have to be made outside of IT, and then another round within IT. These are things that are outside your control, and maybe even outside your influence. So, what's a storage manager to do? Focus on the core issues. From an infrastructure point of view, ILM and compliance equal tiered storage, plus active archiving. Active is meant to distinguish the way you'll have to ... Access >>>

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