Data growth and the challenges of data management

 

Datadobi has presented a new research report from 451 Research. The report highlights the enormous challenges posed by the rise of unstructured data to enterprise data management. […]

Unsurprisingly, overall data growth, at 36 percent, is the biggest challenge facing businesses, ahead of a range of issues such as disaster recovery (28 percent), storage costs (25 percent), and migration (24 percent). In addition, respondents said they expect their managed data to grow by 26 percent over the next 12 months.

Redundant, obsolete, trivial: RED data is not combated consistently

Apparently, a significant proportion of companies are not entirely innocent of the fact that they do not get to grips with the issue of data growth. After all, a large proportion of companies claim that they still have to work on their own long-term data management: 31 percent of companies stated that they do not follow or have any data retention guidelines, while 36 percent admitted that they do not consistently observe their own data deletion guidelines. The result is the accumulation of so-called RED data (redundant, obsolete, trivial), which occupy valuable storage space for production data. The problem of RED data is also clear from the fact that 40 percent of respondents stated that they do not calculate the consumption of infrastructure resources such as storage internally to the consuming cost centers. They therefore have little incentive to dispose of the cold data they cause. Thus, the report highlights the need for organizations to plan the disposal of aging data.

Disaster recovery and data security are also hampered

But the unnecessary RED data not only have a direct impact on the storage costs and complexity caused. The report also concludes that the increase in unstructured data is also complicating companies ‘ approaches to disaster recovery and data backup. Because the immense amount of data would force companies to use public clouds or managed services outside their own data centers. This means increasing complexity as you need cross-platform solutions for data migration, data mobility, protection and management.

Recommendations of the authors

To address these challenges, 451 Research analysts make several recommendations in their report:

  • Companies need a deeper insight into their data usage via appropriate tools in order to be able to store data on the cheapest storage tier in each case.
  • Companies should consistently fight RED data by creating and adhering to binding guidelines for deleting data – and making consuming cost centers accountable.
  • Solutions are also needed that enable organizations to take advantage of a wide range of vendors and cloud offerings. This gives you more choice while giving you the opportunity to negotiate lower prices and better SLAs.
  • As data migration between different data silos continues to be difficult, organizations should invest in their ability to perform data migrations. This moves application data to the correct execution location when it is active, and to an appropriate, low-cost storage layer when this data is less likely to be accessed.

Commenting on the report’s findings, Michael Jack, CRO of Datadobi, said: “Data growth continues to be one of the biggest challenges for most companies. With the progressive introduction of the cloud, efficient data mobility is becoming increasingly important and must be automated as much as possible. Retention policies, privacy policies, and data disposal policies must be clearly defined through internal partnerships between data owners and infrastructure providers that provide storage services to the organization. By providing enterprise-class NAS migration software that can migrate and protect data anywhere, Datadobi helps customers around the world overcome these challenges and stay in control of their storage management.“

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