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Mapping the Business Value of Data Backup and Archival Solutions
By: Sageza Group, Inc.
Published: December 2007

Over the past year, Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) has become the concept du jour among storage vendors, their customers, and the greater IT industry. Much of ILM's charm lies in the simplicity of the idea that since the value of information naturally declines over time, wise organizations make certain that information resides in tiered storage solutions whose costs and capabilities closely match its own. However, getting from the here of complex, even chaotic enterprise storage to the there of integrated ILM is hardly so simple. While the rote process of such a transition is difficult enough, organizations must contend with a wide range of disparate commercial ILM strategies and technologies. Even worse, vendors who lack a full range of appropriate solutions sometimes trumpet products that they claim can be leveraged, Swiss Army Knife-style, across a host of applications, business needs and time horizons. This problem has become especially severe in the data backup and archival space, two different and distinct areas of particular interest to ILM proponents. While at first glance backup and archival processes might appear similar, they are in reality quite different; as such requiring significantly different solutions to achieve their business goals in an efficient and effective fashion. In this paper, specific to archiving, we examine the capabilities of EMC's Centera storage solution and reflect on how this platform offers unique capabilities in the marketplace.

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