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No End in Sight for Data Boom

This year, it’s expected that the world will produce around 1.8 trillion gigabytes of data. As if that weren’t enough, it’s expected that the number of data servers that will be required to manage all of that data is going to multiply by a factor of 10. By the year 2020 – just 9 short years away – the actual amount of data stored on those servers is expected to grow by 50 times.

Structured vs. unstructured data

That rise in data doesn’t tell the whole story, however. While, historically, a large amount of data used in IT has come from business components and has included things like database information, applications, or other types of data, that is less and less the case. Unstructured data – which is data that includes things like personal files, video, and email – is expected to make up 90 percent of the new data over the next 10 years.

Unstructured data means greater data management challenges. IT departments are going to have to become increasingly agile if they are going to be able to manage, protect, and secure unstructured data. Running a backup routine on a SQL server is one thing; getting the CFO to back up his financial data can be quite another.

No boom in IT staff

While the need for IT professionals will continue to rise, it’s not expected to come anywhere close to matching pace with the data explosion. It’s expected that, over the next 10 years, IT professionals will grow to 150 percent of their current levels.

This creates some unique staffing problems, as well. Today, the number of IT staff who have the experience and skill to handle the data boom isn’t keeping up with the growth.

Security the big concern

Given the fact that most of this data (around 75 percent) will be generated by individuals, there becomes a huge security liability. Only about a third of stored data has basic security protection, opening up all sorts of potential compliance issues. Moving forward, security personnel are going to have to find more and more ways to secure data at the user level, where it seems to be most vulnerable.

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Unitiv, Inc., is a professional provider of enterprise IT solutions. Unitiv delivers its services from its headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, USA, and its regional office in Iselin, New Jersey, USA. Unitiv provides a strategic approach to its service delivery, focusing on three core components: People, Products, and Processes. The People to advise and support customers. The Products to design and build solutions. The Processes to govern and manage post-implementation operations.