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Published: 17 Oct 2012

Have you seen the latest rhetoric from the storage industry? It comes with various labels such as "information life cycle management," "storage life cycle management" or "storage operations management," but it's really just the storage spin on utility computing. This storage automation vision states that corporate data requires different care and feeding through its life span and that storage hardware and software can support this through an automated, policy-driven infrastructure. At this time, it's fair to view these vendor stories as nothing but hype. After all, these are the same companies that sold you on other fish stories and goofy acronyms. (Anyone remember EMC Corp.'s E-Infostructure or Cisco Systems' DEN?) Nevertheless, there's actually some reason and value here. Today's storage infrastructure is really comprised of discrete silos. In a typical shop, the data center staff might own the back-end Hitachi Data Systems disks supporting Oracle, but network administration is responsible for the Network Appliance network-attached-storage (NAS) boxes, ... Access >>>

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