Unifying Data and Storage Management

Michael Vizard

No one really seems to know why, but IT organizations tend to treat data and storage management as separate disciplines. Unfortunately, this disconnect wastes a lot of money.

Simon Taylor, senior director for information access management at CommVault, argues that it's high time for change because the lack of data management leads to increased storage spending.

In an attempt to solve this problem, CommVault has loaded its recent release of Simpana 9 with a variety of information management and data governance tools.

Taylor says groups within the company keep adding copies of data, but don't retire them once a project is finished. Simpana 9, however, provides tools to manage storage, but also to automatically track how data is used and eliminate copies using a new metadata system.


Taylor argues that IT organizations shouldn't have to deploy a separate data management system apart from their storage management software. By expanding the definition of storage management to include how data is actually used, Taylor says IT organizations can sharply reduce IT infrastructure costs.

The challenge, of course, is that most IT organizations don't really have a meaningful data management strategy. In fact, most of them tend to struggle with distinguishing between backup and archiving. And with the advent of virtualization, the number of applications running on virtual servers generating requests for more copies of data is making things worse than ever.

Storage vendors have naturally tried to bridge the gap between information and storage management before. So it remains to be seen if CommVault can succeed where others have failed. But at a time when most IT organizations are trying to reduce the real cost of IT, especially when it comes to storage, maybe IT organizations will finally be in the mood to listen.

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