Data Storage: Managing Unstructured Data in the Cloud: 12 Factors to Consider
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 storageon a pay-as-you-go service-level agreementis 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.