Hewlett-Packard added services to its information lifecycle management initiative, which focus on helping customers understand the long-term requirements of managing large IT infrastructures.
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However, while HP said ILM is quickly becoming mission critical in certain sectors, one analyst noted that the concept still has a way to go before most organisations will implement it.
HP’s ILM initiative - which targets the financial services and healthcare sectors because of their rigid data tracking requirements - falls under the company’s adaptive enterprise strategy.
HP storage business development manager Barry Gregory said this initiative is about taking a "laser focus" on creating products to help customers create and modify; replicate and distribute; archive and recall and protect and recover their data.
"If you think of customers and the unbelievable growth they are experiencing in their storage environments today, ILM is an initiative to help them manage their storage, both in terms of designing it and in terms of the long-term management of it, including things like archive retention," he said.
He used the banking industry as an example of environments that have "unbelievable retention legislation requirements" that reside within the organisation and said the growth in storage has gone beyond people’s ability to manage it today.
Gregory added that organisations are burdened with finding ways to provide information quickly and easily to end users without burying their systems and networks with non-urgent information.
"Some stuff you need at your fingertips and some stuff, you need it and you want it, but you don’t need it at your fingertips - and that’s what ILM is all about," he said. "It’s about putting the information where you know you can find it but you don’t have everything sitting on your desktop because you couldn’t manage that."
E-mail is a good example of an application that can be moved to a lower performance, lower costing disc, said Aberdeen Group vice president of storage research David Hill.
"A day or two after receiving an e-mail message, you aren’t going to do anything with it," Hill said. "You are not going to read it, you don’t change it, and it’s read only for the most part. It doesn’t have to be on a high-performance disc because you don’t use it that often. While you might still need it in case you want to go back and check it, you don’t need it instantaneously."
Hill said ILM is an infrastructure issue that, as a concept, is still incomplete. He added that although it is not mission critical for most organisations today, companies should spend the next three years, while waiting for the rest of ILM’s tools to come to market, deciding on how they are going to handle their storage plans.
Lindsay Bruce writes for ITWorldCanada.com