ILM Gets PersonalBy Virginia Citrano | Posted 2008-01-30 Email Print
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Information lifecycle management helps companies handle the data deluge by providing a framework for classifying stored information, finding the right storage technology, creating retention guidelines and managing costs.
ILM Gets Personal
Helen of Troy is trying to do ILM right. The
With sales topping $634 million for the fiscal year ended
As it began to craft its ILM strategy, Helen of Troy had one key advantage: Only 35 percent of the data it was looking to manage was unstructured, according to Pedro T. Contreras, vice president of information technology. The bulk of its data was structured by its worldwide enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. “ERP forces a structure on the data,” says Contreras, based in
After vetting several vendors, Helen of Troy selected enterprise data management provider Solix Technologies and its ARCHIVEjinni product. Solix is a relatively young company—it was founded in 2001 in
Helen of Troy worked through each aspect of its operations to define data-classification and information-retention policies. Contreras says the evaluation matrix that evolved covers factors such as ownership of data, how often it needs to be accessed and by whom, as well as how and where the data is stored. “You can’t break the ILM rules,” Contreras says.
You can break the power grid, however, which is why companies are increasingly looking at cutting energy consumption as part of their overall ILM strategies. Ever-rising volumes of data are running into ever-rising utility costs. By controlling power usage, a company can stretch a tight storage budget to fit more data and make itself more environmentally responsible in the process.