By eweek  |  Posted 2004-12-20 Print this article Print

: In search of a standard"> ILM: In search of a standard

Information lifecycle management solutions help IT managers analyze data and migrate it to cheaper storage tiers. The concept is basic enough, but that in itself is the problem because it encourages virtually any storage solution that migrates, preserves or analyzes data to call itself an ILM solution.

The storage industry must standardize the process of ILM and do it in a hurry. With standardization in place, vendors will be able to develop systems that are interoperable. As it stands now, any IT manager who wants to implement ILM will have to make a long-term commitment to a single vendor (and its partners), which should never be the case with emerging technology solutions.

—Henry Baltazar

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