Storage group tackles data management standards

A working group of the Storage Networking Industry Association has set out to develop standards and best practices for the emerging practice of information lifecycle management.

The Data Management Forum of the San Francisco association will work toward specifications that agencies can use to archive their electronic documents.

'They will be able to compare all the marketing claims against independently developed, vendor-neutral guidance,' said Warren Smith, chairman of marketing operations for SNIA. Forum members now represent 22 vendors, including such storage giants as EMC Corp. of Hopkinton, Mass., and Hitachi Data Systems Corp. of Santa Clara, Calif.

Information lifecycle management systems automate retention, classification, archiving and disposal practices for electronic records. They combine storage hardware with software.

'Each vendor is taking a different cut at it from their own particular area interest,' Smith said. 'The consequence is a lot of confusion. Management systems need to work across vendor platforms.'

Forum members will confer about best practices and standards, Smith said, posting their conclusions online.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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