Data Storage: Managing Unstructured Data in the Cloud: 12 Factors to Consider

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-07-27 Print this article Print
Data Center Consolidation Moving Data Further and Further from Users

Data Center Consolidation Moving Data Further and Further from Users

As enterprise organizations expand to compete in a global economy, IT staff face new challenges in providing the increasingly distributed workforce efficient access to essential data. Globally distributed teams need shared read/write access to large files and data sets, which significantly increases the complexity of data management. This continually introduces data synchronization and accuracy issues that can adversely affect the business efficiency.
According to researchers at IDC, 80 percent of enterprise data today is unstructured data, and that is growing at the exponential annual rate of 60 percent. Unstructured data, of course, is information stored in a file system that is not a database. Importantly, the researcher reported, on average only 1 to 5 percent of that data is actively used on a regular basis. Today, this vast and growing amount of unused data consumes the majority of complex and expensive Tier 1 storage capacity within the enterprise. How best to retain all those potentially valuable yet disparate file types on a global scale, yet not allow them to interfere with daily production? You can always buy more on-site storage, but there always will be limits. Cloud storage—on a pay-as-you-go service-level agreement—is the alternative more and more IT shops are now using. This slide show explains some key information points about storing business information in the cloud. Note: The information in this slide show is provided by Panzura, which makes the Alto Cloud Controller, which creates a single, global namespace enabling the immediate availability of data from anywhere within the enterprise.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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