Unstructured Data, the Silent Killer of Your IT Budget: How are you stopping the bleeding?

Unstructured Data, the silent killer of your IT budget

Like most organizations, you probably are hosting your unstructured data on traditional NAS platforms. The days of storing this data on these legacy systems are coming to an end. Let’s look at some of the setbacks that plague traditional NAS:

  • Expensive to scale
  • Proprietary data protection – third-party backup software is needed to catalog and index
  • Inability to federate your data between disparate storage platforms onsite or in the cloud
  • High file counts, which can cripple performance, increase back-up windows, and require additional flash technology for metadata management
  • File count limitations
  • High “per-TB” cost
  • Some platforms are complex to administer
  • High maintenance costs after Year 3

Moving Past Unstructured Data Hoarding and the Status Quo

On average, 90% of the data in a file system is inactive. Applications that require performance with regards to unstructured data fall into the 80/20 rule. So, if 90% of my data is stale and 80% doesn’t have a specific SLA tied to it, why am I storing this data on an expensive NAS platform that is really better suited for semi-structured or structured data? Why am I doubling my project spend on replicating this data to similar infrastructure in another data center? Why am I, then, also backing it up to another disk-based backup appliance or tape? Do I really want that many copies of a word document in several different geographies? You start to see madness and obsession associated with the mindset of “data hoarding.” This mindset is antiquated and is robbing your organization of the ability to innovate, deliver efficiencies, and increase overall value. If your organization must keep everything, there are better ways to store, manage, and protect it.

If I’m the CIO of my organization receiving this message from my team and I know that I have a problem with uncontrolled, unstructured data growth, I’m pumping the brakes and making a U-turn on this strategy immediately. The status quo of continually adding more capacity to these legacy systems is simply reacting to, and not taking control of, the situation. What if I could take this data and move it out to an object-based bucket, either internally on a private cloud or out to the public cloud? What if I could incorporate object storage into my data protection and archive strategy as an ultra-low cost capacity tier? This is how you begin taking back control of your IT spending.

If your current storage strategy does not include any object-based storage, now is the time to investigate the concept. This is one of the hottest topics of conversation we are having with our customers this year. If you would like to learn more on how object storage fits into your overall IT strategy, please contact us for assistance.