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Effective Practices for Data Management in the Oil and Gas Industry

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Executive Summary

Effective information and data management (also known as information lifecycle management) consists of managing data from its creation to when it is no longer needed. In the upstream oil and gas industry, this involves actually managing the ever-increasing volume of data that oil and gas enterprises generate, while also managing the storage infrastructure on which this data resides. Trends that complicate information and data management in this industry include joint ventures, mergers, and acquisitions; the emergence of Windows-based data storage; and evolving legal and regulatory compliance dimensions. This paper describes the challenges that the upstream oil and gas industry faces related to information and data management, outlines effective practices for addressing these challenges, and summarizes complementary relevant solutions offered by Symantec, Network Appliance, and Kazeon.

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