Control Costly Data Sprawl with Thin Clients, SAN and NAS

By Michael Krieger  |  Posted 2004-06-08 Print this article Print

When it comes to tales of woe about mismanaged data, storage leads the way.

When it comes to tales of woe about mismanaged data, storage leads the way. Market researcher International Data Corp. estimates that some 60 percent of vital corporate data on desktop and notebook PCs remains unprotected. That number is thought to be closer to 80 percent for small-office and home-office PC users.

Taking a slightly different spin on this topic, Strategic Research Corp. claims that 60 percent of corporate data resides outside of managed servers on remote desktops, networks and mobile systems. Further, the consultancy estimates that 75 percent of this "edge data" is either ineffectively protected or not protected at all.

And here is a final sobering statistic to consider: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 93 percent of businesses that experience a significant data loss will be out of business within five years.

This vast storehouse of vulnerable, unprotected data represents one of the most threatening and intractable of all IT problems. Specifically, data is far more than just storage-it is the lifeblood of almost all businesses. When it fails to flow, the business may be in mortal danger, because it cannot capitalize on its data. Unfortunately, even many businesses that understand the value of their data fail to protect it properly.

And now, the penalties for not having a firm grip on corporate information can be steep indeed. Regulations including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, Basel II and the EU Data Protection Directive, to name just a few, make it more important than ever for enterprises to track, manage and secure their data.

Next page: Save critical data.

Michael has been involved in various disciplines in the information technology field for more than 25 years. His background and experience in product development, marketing and sales give him a unique perspective on how and why companies succeed in the technology marketplace. Before joining Ziff Davis Market Experts, he was a senior VP for marketing at FutureLink, a large ASP based in Southern California. He previously was VP of marketing for Hitachi Data Systems' server product line, and also was a senior product manager for AST Research's server and data communications product lines.

His entrepreneurial experience includes founding Solution Business Systems, a developer of manufacturing software for IBM midrange systems. He was also VP of product development at Techland Systems, one of the industry's first creators of micro-to-mainframe emulators.

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