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Hot Spots: The case for unified data management platforms

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There are a number of significant benefits to unifying these functions into a data management platform:
  • By tightly integrating the functionality required to effectively manage data, organizations can significantly decrease complexity, improve performance, and reduce capital and management/administrative costs.


  • A central policy engine in a unified approach helps to reduce risk by enabling organizations to more effectively protect critical data and adhere to regulatory compliance and service-level agreements.


  • Unification also helps organizations better utilize resources throughout the data lifecycle, including reducing the amount of data being backed up (which reduces the cost of disk and tape storage) and moving data to an appropriate tier of storage based on its value to the organization at any time.


  • IT organizations gain better visibility across data management functions, especially with integrated reporting.


  • A common index and federated search allows end users to access multiple data sources with a single query through a single interface, enabling faster, more comprehensive search.

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This was first published in December 2007

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