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Vol. 3 No. 1 March 2004

Companies are doing interesting things with object-based storage that might make ILM useful.

Yes, there is something really interesting about information life cycle management (ILM), despite what you've heard to date. This year's model of ILM is all buzz, and not much more. Now let's get to the good part. There are actually two types that you have to consider: the infrastructural perspective (let's call that data life cycle management because I haven't thought up a better term as of yet), and the application information management perspective. Data life cycle management is the buzz today. Now that we have multiple classes of storage devices available to house our data, we can put the right data--with the right economic justification--on the right storage device, hence maximizing our economic advantage while it's stored there. This is very cool--because we tend to stick stuff wherever we originally stuck it--and it's also the easiest of problems to solve (not that we have yet, mind you). The hard part is creating, maintaining and deriving value from the data/information that sits out on storage, wherever it sits in the ...

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