StorageTek has announced the first of its information lifecycle management (ILM) reference architectures, along with applications to implement them, to improve the protection of critical data.
The architectures - approaches to handling different data types - which have been unveiled at the StorageTek Forum in San Diego, cover open systems and mainframe archiving and open systems data protection.
The archiving architectures automate management of data movement, while the open systems data protection provides continuous protection of business data. Further architectures will be introduced in 2004.
StorageTek chief executive, Patrick Martin, claimed StorageTek is best placed to implement ILM because it had storage solutions to cover tape, disk, networking software and services.
"Not all data is created equal. [For instance] 90 per cent sitting in a data centre today is never accessed yet 80 per cent is replicated. As it moves through its lifecycle, it must be collected, moved, shared, stored and protected using appropriate technologies and processes," he said.
"You can't solve the data problem simply by throwing raw storage at it. Data protection has become bigger since [the terrorist attacks of 11 September] and back-up and recovery is complicated and error-prone. Archiving has been rediscovered because of such things as government regulations."
Data centre managers have a problem that can only be solved by sorting out which category to place information in and automating the process, he added.
Josh Krischer, Gartner vice president and research director of enterprise servers and storage, told vnunet.com: "To do ILM you need the ability to supply a strong storage hierarchy and automation.
"StorageTek has the hierarchy but automation is the question. But in comparison to other companies StorageTek is well placed."
Veritas has the software but not the hardware, EMC disks but not tape. "So they are missing the building blocks," he added.
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