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Veritas Technologies: 41% of all corporate data is stale

Veritas Technologies Data Genomics Index is a a comprehensive global study of enterprise data

Veritas Technologies: 41% of all corporate data is stale
Professional data management tools can help the process of data discovery.

Each organisation has got a rhythm and this is represented in the data it creates. In Autumn for example, we create 91% more text files, 48% more spreadsheets, 68% more videos and 89% more geographic and information system files than at any other time of the year.

This is just one of the findings of Veritas Technologies' inaugural Data Genomics Index, a comprehensive global study of enterprise data. It discovered that images, developer files and compressed files take up almost one third of the total data environment. Developer files, from a file count perspective, are 20% of the total number.

Incredibly, 41% of the average environment is stale, or unmodified in the past three years (and can cost as much as $20.5m per year to manage). With the exception of regulatory or compliance requirements, three years is a general standard for when data goes from potentially relevant to stale.

Data without an attributed owner is known as ‘orphaned' and tends to have more content-rich data types, like video and images, so while orphaned data is only 1.6% of the total file population, it's 5.1% of the total storage capacity.

Johnny Karam, vice president Emerging Market, Veritas, commented "It appears managers may think the larger a file, the more important its contents. Subsequently, they tend to be keeping the larger files that departed or redeployed employees leave behind. With greater insights into their data, organisations can easily identify opportunities to reduce bloat and save money - in a typical 10 PB environment, as much as $2 million a year in storage savings."

Professional data management tools can help the process of data discovery. Information governance solutions simplify and automate the management of unstructured data by allowing you to clearly see who's using your information, where they're using it, and how. This allows you to focus on the information that matters most, while achieving compliance and limiting liability.

Data archiving tools allow you to move older data that needs to be retained for reference or regulatory purposes off primary storage, while backup and recovery tools can help protect, locate, and recover more information more quickly across platforms, storage environments or multi-cloud architectures.

Juan Leon, group general manager of Mannai ICT, a Veritas Platinum Partner - added:  "The Veritas product portfolio already offers one of the industry's broadest and most comprehensive set of multi-cloud data management solutions. With the introduction of Veritas 360 Data Management Suite, we're now making it easier and more cost effective for customers to modernise all aspects of data management, whether on-premises or in the cloud."

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