We provide data management software that allows organizations to maintain control of their data by identifying the different data types and classifying the information so that decisions can be made on where it is stored (disk, tape, optical or cloud), migrated, kept or deleted. This data could be stored across a number of operating systems and storage platforms including NetApp, EMC, HP, IBM etc.
The easiest way to manage data is to keep everything forever. Data management is fine if you only have a few terabytes of data that can fit on a couple of hard disks. Unstructured Data is the biggest headache today for any organization today is trying to control and manage data consumes over of all information stored and is growing at per annum! The problem is that 2TB’s isn’t really 2TB’s it could be 4TB or 6TB+, backup, replication and previous instances of data are retained on a variety of electronic media and this overtime creates data sprawl.
Firstly let’s understand what we are dealing with. Data management software can easily identify unstructured data, this type of information is typically not stored in a database.
Unstructured Data manifests itself in two ways:
1. “TEXT” can be e-mail, texts, word documents, presentations, spreadsheets, messaging systems, Twitter, Facebook etc.
2. “RICH MEDIA” can be images, sound files, movie files etc.
As we have explained, unstructured data consumes vast amounts of storage, but another consideration is legislation. Where this data resides is important if you need to retrieve the information for a compliance audit or lawsuit.
The definition of unstructured data
This type of data is organized and easily accessible such as databases and large search indexes. This type of data is also very fast to retrieve and interrogate for analysis or usage patterns.
The definition of structured data
How organizations identify unstructured data is of vital importance to find whether it has an intrinsic value to the business or the next lawsuit waiting to happen. Firstly we need to identify the types of unstructured data and where it currently resides.
From this we can make plans to carry out the following:
Unstructured data that is only accessed once a year, but sits on a tier 1 storage platform requires power and cooling.
1 WATT CONSUMED = 1 WATT TO COOL (3.412141633 BTU/h)
A properly implemented data management software solution will “Save Money“.
We work with some of the world’s leading data management software companies to provide solutions that help identify the various data types spread throughout your organization and can provide the hardware and software to enable your organization to become more compliant, improve search and indexes whilst saving money.
If you are in need of our help, find out how a large construction company migrated 100TB’s of data sprawl to Microsoft Blob Storage.