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At Byte and Switch's StoragePlus event in California last week, customers made plain their distaste for the way vendors describe their wares. (See The New Storage Lexicon.) And when it comes to Information Lifecycle Management, they're more than fed up. As our Editor-in-Chief Terry Sweeney points out, "References to ILM prompted one of two reactions from StoragePlus speakers or attendees snickers or eye-rolls."

They can't be blamed. ILM is supposed to be about storing data according to age or importance across tiers of progressively cheaper storage devices. The point is to make sure you're not eating up expensive SAN drives with stuff you don't need to save, or that, conversely, you're not tossing something onto tape you might need to rapidly retrieve from disk later on.

But perhaps no term since "storage networking" has been more mauled by suppliers, who've given ILM meanings of their own.

Take EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC), with yesterday's announcement of Infoscape, the first in its promised lineup of Intelligent Information Management (IIM) products and services. (Don't forget the services – they're important.) (See EMC Peels Back IIM and EMC Vows More for Infoscape.)

IIM is a big part of EMC's ILM strategy. (See EMC Intros IIM.) But don't expect to realize any ILM benefits until you've forked over for the following:

  • At least one Celerra NAS (list prices start at around $47,000 for a fully featured 1-Tbyte system with warranty)
  • $125,000 for base software
  • License fees of $9,000 per Tbyte
  • Consulting services from EMC, priced per user
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