Managing Massive Unstructured Data Troves: 10 Best Practices

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2013-07-03

IT researchers are all in agreement: Unstructured data accounts for at least 80 percent of all enterprise data; this is according to IDC, Forrester and Gartner. Furthermore, the unrelenting growth of data and files outside databases is accelerating. Managing unstructured data is extremely important to reduce storage and compliance costs while minimizing corporate risk. This task has been painfully difficult due to the time, resources and overhead required to collect the immense volume of metadata and digest it into actionable business intelligence. The job isn’t going to get any easier all by itself. Gartner analysts predict unstructured data will grow a whopping 800 percent over the next five years, and that 80 (or more) percent of that new data will also be unstructured. If enterprises don't have the right software to prepare for these forthcoming storage issues, they had better start planning to do something about it. In this slide show, eWEEK offers some best practices for managing massive amounts of unstructured data. Our resources include industry research from the aforementioned analytic firms; Diane Berry, senior vice president of Coveo, which offers advanced unified indexing in its Insight data management platform; eWEEK reporting; and an IBM survey of 1,500 CEOs.


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