Information Life Cycle Management

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Information life cycle management (ILM) is a comprehensive approach to managing the flow of an information system's data and associated metadata from creation and initial storage to the time when it becomes obsolete and is deleted. ILM involves all aspects of dealing with data, starting with user practices, rather than just automating storage procedures, hierarchical storage management (HSM) does. ILM enables more complex criteria for storage management than data age and frequency of access. ?

Data is growing every day. The forms and types of data that organizations keep are growing at a fast pace and the data retention regulations are more demanding than ever before. IT is fast becoming a driver for most organizations to cope with business demands, data availability requirements and regulatory compliance. Information Lifecycle management can help develop a policy-based solution that is able to deliver on secure data management and archival.

Information life cycle management (ILM)

Is an approach to data and storage management that recognizes that the value of information changes over time and that it must be managed accordingly. ILM seeks to classify data according to its business value and establish policies to migrate and store data on the appropriate storage tier and, ultimately, remove it altogether. ILM has evolved to include upfront initiatives like master data management and compliance.

Information today comes in a wide variety of types, for example it could be an email message, a photograph or an order in an Online Transaction Processing System. Therefore, once you know the type of data and how it will be used, you already have an understanding of what its evolution and final destiny is likely to be. The challenge now before all organizations, is to understand how their data evolves, determine how it grows, monitor how its usage change over time, and decide how long it should survive. Whilst adhering to all the rules and regulations that now apply to that data. Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) is designed to address these issues, with a combination of processes, policies, software and hardware so that the appropriate technology can be used for each phase of the lifecycle of the data. .