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  Information management: managing information by business
  value throughout its lifecycle

Managing information has become increasingly challenging due to regulatory pressures, legal discovery requirements, and corporate governance issues. Administrators must determine and enforce the appropriate policies for how and where documents are stored, who has access, what may be edited or printed, how long information must be retained, and when it must be deleted.

Complicating matters further is the fact that both the way information is used and its business value vary over time. As a consequence, requirements for performance, availability, reliability, and privacy of the underlying storage system must change, as well. To address these issues, businesses are increasingly turning to multi-tier storage systems that provide differently priced levels of performance and availability according to the value of the information being stored.

Researchers in HP Labs are exploring several paths to addressing these information lifecycle management challenges. Focus areas include:

  • Automating file classification based on data mining techniques, file access patterns and semantic techniques

  • Specifying information management requirements from multiple sources, including the business process usage of information

  • Translating high-level requirements into choices for the appropriate underlying storage tiers

  • Monitoring the storage system to detect and correct violations of these requirements

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