Information management in the era of big data

CommVault navigates around the risks of huge information stores

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Information management in the era of big data Allen Mitchell, senior technical account manager, MENA at CommVault Systems.
By  Allen Mitchell Published  February 13, 2013

A relentless explosion of big data plagues many stakeholders, from IT to legal, as they grapple with how best to retain, access, discover and ultimately delete content in compliance with evolving regulations. The big deal with big data starts with the sheer volume, which is being generated by a growing number of devices, data sources and applications.

According to IDC, the world generated more than one zettabyte (ZB), or one million petabytes (PBs), of data in 2010. By 2014, the growth is predicted to reach 72ZBs a year. The influx of machine-generated data, unstructured data (e.g., images, audio or video files) as well as semi-structured data (e.g., emails, logs, etc.) adds a layer of management complexity, especially when determining the most efficient and reliable way to ingest, protect, organise, access, preserve and defencibly delete all this vital information from the broad variety of sources.

It's not all bad news though as all this data can be a huge asset. But without a modern management strategy, it can also be a huge liability. In sifting through voluminous big data to find responsive information, organisations can spend millions of dollars to isolate relevant Electronically Stored Information (ESI) and even more to review it. 

Clearly, exponential data growth, diversity of data types and never ending demands for optimised retention and discovery will create the perfect storm unless companies steer toward a more holistic approach to managing big data. In doing so, they can begin to view data backups and archives more strategically while leveraging integrated solutions for lowering storage costs and compliance risks. Most importantly, they must choose to invest in technology that meets the demands of the business with a flexible and adaptable strategy that will best accommodate future requirements. Companies can then extract maximum value from all their crucial information in ways that produce valuable business benefits without the limits of technology lock-in.

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