HP Addresses Digital Landfill Of Outdated And Useless Data

LAS VEGAS: Monday’s print and PC announcements at HP Discover may have seemed somewhat underwhelming, but Day 2 was another story. The annual gathering of 12,000 customers and partners featured a number of significant product and service offerings, ranging from new servers (mainly SMB) and storage (everything from tape and flash to software-defined storage and a new release of Data Protector) to a major Big Data push and a service that can help enterprises identify and deal with the massive amounts of wasted data that can exceed 80% in many cases. The day was then capped off by a keynote from President and CEO Meg Whitman.

Big Data is both an opportunity and a challenge, said June Manley, Director Big Data Solutions, HP. Only a slice of the information available is being leveraged, she said. “The majority of information is under-utilized or not used at all.”

While nearly 60% of companies surveyed in an HP-sponsored study will spend at least 10% of their innovation budget on Big Data this year, more than a third of these organizations have failed with a Big Data initiative. HP’s response is called HAVEn (Hadoop-Autonomy-Vertica-Enterprise security-n/apps), with the first offering Operations Analytics. It allows organizations to consume, manage and analyze massive streams of IT operational data from a variety of HP products, as well as third-party sources. Also new, the free, downloadable Vertica Community Edition allows clients to analyze up to 1 terabyte of data before investing in an enterprise-wide solution.

“We want to ensure that our customers are monetizing all the data that they have, regardless of the format,” said Manley.

Another one of the Big Data announcements was Autonomy Legacy Data Cleanup, an information governance solution, powered by the latest release, 4.0, of ControlPoint, that is intended to help clients analyze legacy data, lower costs and reduce risks while driving value from big data. Organizations can use it to access, understand and classify, as well as defensibly dispose of outdated and unnecessary information.

HP’s ControlPoint product addresses a major pain point in the overall governance and management of enterprise content, said Melissa Webster, Program Vice President, Content & Digital Media Technologies, IDC. “Enterprises know that a big percentage of the content (documents and all types of other files) on their servers, in email systems, in SharePoint and potentially in other repositories should and can be deleted, but they typically lack the ability to quantify the problem (how big is it, where do they start) and classify their legacy content (what’s current/valuable versus obsolete or trivial) so they can take action. There’s a pretty high cost in doing nothing about legacy content: higher storage costs, higher ediscovery/early case assessment costs (higher noise:signal ratio), potential loss and/or leak of important information (25% of the IT respondents to our Knowledge Worker study from last summer said their organization had experienced an information leak in the past 12 months), compliance risk, and so forth.”

One CIO referred to the 70% of waste storage as digital landfill, said HP Autonomy GM Robert Youngjohns. “We think we can address massive amounts of that data… in some cases reducing up to 50-70% of the data.”

Getting rid of this data has a number of benefits, said HP`s Joe Garber, VP Information Governance. “Typically risk and cost are the big ones, with productivity the third biggest benefit.”

There are three primary use cases for the data cleanup, he said. First is just discovering what data is out there, which often comes as a surprise to the customers. Next is putting together a road map for information governance, and the third, for those already started on the journey, the offering can help them to evolve into areas like archiving, migration and policies, said Garber.

ControlPoint forms part of a broader governance solution (HP/Autonomy also provides enterprise content management, enterprise search, ediscovery, records management and legal hold, archiving, etc.): it provides valuable insights to inform the governance strategy, and guides defensible disposal, she said. “This new release is coming quickly on the heels of the last release — this is clearly an area where HP intends to innovate rapidly.”

Standing out in the storage introductions was the all-flash 3PAR StoreServ 7450 that is the only such array that avoids the latency issues from the legacy vendors and the lack of enterprise resiliency from the small startups, said HP. Available immediately with a starting price of $99,000, it delivers more than 550,000 input/output operations per second with less than 0.7 millisecond response time.

“We feel that HP has an integrated product line that includes the all flash 7450 and a complete range of systems with entry level and high capacity systems that operate through a single control interface, which is unique in major storage systems”, wrote Jim Bagley, Senior Analyst and Business Development Consultant, SSG-Now. “The maturity of the operating software and the optimization for flash storage will make the 3PAR StoreServ systems a likely choice for organizations of all sizes.”

HP also announced: StoreOnce Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA), that deploys as a virtual machine on industry-standard servers and cuts the cost of small site backup by up to 65%; StoreFabric 16-gigabit SAN infrastructure that eliminates bandwidth bottlenecks to maximize the performance of flash-based systems; and the StoreEver MSL6480 Tape Library that provides up to 60.4 TB/hour and 3.5 PB in a single library.

Data Protector 8 is a totally new release of the company`s enterprise-class backup and recovery offering, with a focus on Big Data, and especially distributed Big Data, said Jeff Veis, VP of Solutions Marketing at HP Autonomy.

When most people talk about Big Data today, they mean single instances, which are important, and part of what HP addresses, he said. “The real challenge is Big Data distributed everywhere. We`ve done something with this that is 100-200X better than the competition.”

DP8 features the ability of a single backup instance to accommodate thousands of clients, running as many as 100,000 sessions per day, and managing up to 1 trillion unique file names, which is more than 100 times the scalability of existing traditional enterprise data protection software applications available today.

Disclosure: HP paid for transportation and lodging.


Author: Steve Wexler

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