Knowing when and how to downsize data key to better IT performance


Knowing when to retire information can play a huge role in lowering costs and improving performance. The key is having a holistic strategy for information governance–managing, retaining and disposing of information when it is no longer needed.


Storing information indefinitely is a fundamentally bad idea, with consequences that include:


  • Increasing capital and operational cost of running and maintaining your IT infrastructure
  • Degradation of the performance of your systems and applications
  • Legal and financial risks related to regulatory compliance and legal discovery

You can avoid many of these risks by controlling and optimizing your information throughout its lifecycle. Follow these strategies for data archiving:


  • Move a significant portion of older, static data to less active, more cost-effective tier 2 storage. Doing this enables your organization to gain control and save significantly on storage and operational costs.
  • Actively manage data in applications that have fallen out of use due to mergers/acquisitions, organizational changes or application refreshes. Archiving critical information and dropping the applications themselves can save money and free up scarce IT resources.


Taking data archiving seriously can not only reduce costs, it can also improve performance. Reducing the size of your data will improve the performance of your application. The more data that sits in your database, the longer it takes the application to complete a transaction.


DiscoverPerformancePromot.JPGControlling your information and optimizing it throughout its lifecycle is a matter of following a few best practices around information governance. There’s more on this topic in the latest edition of Discover Performance. Developed specifically for IT leaders, Discover Performance focuses on delivering actionable insights from peers, thought leaders and industry analysts, to help you turn IT performance into business success. Join Discover Performance for IT Leaders.


To learn more about effective information governance, read the white paper "Progressing through the stages of records management competency" and learn about the new version of the HP TRIM solution.


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