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Top Ten Guidelines for Deploying an Information Life Cycle Management Strategy

Published: 16 March 2017

ID: G00310526

Analyst(s): Garth Landers , Julian Tirsu


Information life cycle management is a prerequisite of cost-effective information governance and storage infrastructure optimization. Infrastructure and operations leaders can minimize data risks and maximize value by implementing an effective ILM plan.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Developing an ILM Strategy for Corporate Data
    • 1. Gain Executive Leadership Support for ILM
    • 2. Establish a Cross-Functional Team
    • 3. Define Access, Retention and Deletion Policies for Instances of Data
    • 4. Construct a Legal Hold Process as Part of Retention Policy Planning
    • 5. Plan for How the Data Will Be Produced in Response to a Discovery Request
    • 6. Separate Backup and Archiving Policies
    • 7. Define the Security Requirements
    • 8. Develop a Backup and Disaster Recovery Plan
    • 9. Assign Responsibility for Managing Accessibility to Historical Data
    • 10. Establish ILM as a Component of New Application Deployment
  • Don't Try to Do Everything at Once

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