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ILM lives again!
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 9 Num. 6 September 2010
Information lifecycle management faded into oblivion without getting serious notice. But it's back with a new name and more realistic goals. The phrase "information lifecycle management" seemed to serve as a cure for insomnia when it was first introduced. Even its acronym -- ILM -- failed to catch on in an industry that loves acronyms. And saying "ILM" to a storage manager produced glazed eyes, a stony silence or both. But the concept of moving data to the most appropriate type of storage based on its current usefulness (or age) still sounds like an idea worth waking up to, doesn't it? Everybody's swimming upstream against a rising tide of data with fewer and fewer dollars to keep them afloat, so why wouldn't you want to ensure that you're not blowing bucks on expensive storage for data with little or no value? Most shops do care and are taking a hard look at where they put their data. You don't hear a lot of "ILM" chatter but, hey, that's exactly what it is. When the idea of ILM rolled around to open systems -- hijacked from ...
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Information lifecycle management faded into oblivion without getting serious notice. But it's back now, with a new name and more realistic goals.