HP’s Information Supply Chain - Optimizing Information, Data and Storage for Business Value

Introduction

The need for organizations and business enterprises to gain control of their burgeoning data volumes is now a strategice imperative. And it's not just the amount of stored data, increasing at an average CAGR of 50% that needs to be managed. Muliple data sources including databases, image repositories, mobile devies and the web are now being converged and leveraged as new sources of information for business value.

IT administrators have traditionally considered the tiering of data, data protection, and archiving as independent processes - narrowly focused and specific to a particular application or storage objective. The reality is that these topics are all related. Buying more primary storage will eventually force the need for more backup storage capacity. The need to add capacity to accommodate application growth will eventually increase the amount of data that needs to be retained for compliance and risk managment.

These three processes - tiering, data protection, and archiving - are part of a bigger picture. They all relate to managing data in an enterprise data center environment and effectivley utilizing storage systems. To not understand their interrelationships in that bigger picture can lead to sub-optimal operations and complexity that is difficult to make more efficient as time goes on.

Economics and the need to meet specific requirements drive enterprise-level data management. The requirements fit into two categories:

  • Operation requirements that reflect both evolving and ongoing business needs.
  • Information governance requirements that respond to internal and external business controls or regulatory requirements.

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