A sure sign that a technology is gaining traction in the enterprise is the interest of the biggest vendors, who rarely take a chance on a new product offering until it's clear plenty of folks want it.
This appears to be the case with information lifecycle management (ILM), and Oracle's introduction of a free tool called ILM Assistant.
As described in this internetnews.com article, when used with Oracle's Database 10g Enterprise Edition, the tool helps users decide when to destroy data or to move it to less expensive storage media -- a key tenet of ILM.
The popularity of ILM is growing right along with the amount of data most companies want to keep tabs on -- for business gain, regulatory compliance or both. Adoption of ILM appears to make companies feel more confident about their ability to manage their droves of data, according to a recent Quocirca survey.
Unfortunately, as with any emerging technology, the technology itself is only part of the picture. ILM is "more of a strategy than a technology," says a Butler Group analyst in this Computer Business Review article.
Oracle's primary competitors in the ILM arena include HP, IBM and EMC.