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This article is part of the Vol. 4 No. 10 December 2005 issue of Five ready-for-prime-time storage technologies
Analysts tell us that the root problem in IT today is a disconnect between actual business requirements and the services provided by the IT infrastructure. Everyone in IT knows that they don't know much about the content of their systems or how to treat it. Called "governance" in business texts, this alignment between high-level business goals and tactical operations is critical and tremendously lacking in many firms. A conversation on information lifecycle management (ILM) is a way to address this chasm of understanding. ILM is a conceptual state in which data is stored in accordance to its changing business value. Even though there are serious technical and process gaps for this advanced, aligned storage to be realized, you can begin preparations for its use today. Defining ILM Conceptually, ILM requires three elements: value, alignment and change. Each element is critical to the overall vision of ILM, and each will prove vexing to address, especially in computer technology. First, ILM needs objective metrics of data value. This is harder than it ... Access >>>
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