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3 Ways to Stay Ahead of the Data Explosion

data explosionData explosion, data bloat, data creep. Whatever you want to call it, organizations find themselves increasingly pressured to find more and more storage space. Up to this point, we’ve had a bit of a reprieve from that pressure, as technology has continued to meet demand. Most experts agree, however, that we’re facing a tipping point where the needs of data are growing, and at a faster pace than what most organizations can match. Garter predicts that we’ll see a growth of 800% in data demand in the next 5 years.

Further complicating the situation is the fact that so much of that data is unstructured. It’s spreadsheets, presentations, emails, documents, and digital media. This comes up to about 90% of an organization’s data.

It’s time to get serious about the data explosion. Here are some ways you can help your organization stay ahead of the curve:

1.    Know what you’re starting with. Many companies really don’t have a handle on where they’re at, much less how much space they’re going to need. Identify what resources you have, how much data duplications you have, and what resources remain available.

2.    Identify and address unneeded files. User files make up for a significant portion of the unstructured data for your organization. Whether it’s personal photos and videos or iTunes playlists, those files are using resources that they shouldn’t be. Figure out how to remove or – in order to maintain peace re-tier – storage for these files.

3.    Implement data tiering. Identify which data is most valuable and which isn’t. By putting noncritical data into an automated tiering model, you can save significant amounts of space and money. Only critical business data needs to be held on that top tier storage hardware. There’s no reason to pay $8,000 per terabyte to store anything but your company’s most important data. Most other data – and a lot of that unstructured user data – can go on less expensive storage devices.

Know what your data landscape looks like, and get it organized. That will help you brace for the increasing data demands placed on your organization.

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