3Par has announced its new data lifecycle management product.
3Par’s Utility DLM is an ‘integrated’ DLM (iDLM) strategy, something the company is marketing as a much simpler alternative to ILM-based strategies for cost optimizing storage.
ILM is a term that has been hijacked by the storage vendors to describe a tiered storage approach, where structured data and unstructured information are moved from one storage tier to another according to the value and age of the information or data. The movement process is managed by policies. What 3Par is describing as DLM is pretty much the same thing; the data is moved from one storage tier to another, and again this process must be managed by policies.
By arguing that its DLM is different to ILM, 3Par is missing a huge marketing opportunity by confusing the issue and detracting attention away from the major advantage and differentiator of its product, which is that all of its storage tiers are within the same array.