Abstracting Disk/Tape To Solve The Unstructured Data Problem
Unstructured data are consuming vast amounts of disk capacity in data centers, breaking IT budgets. The sheer number of files that make up the unstructured data also breaks the data protection process. Most of this data has not been accessed in years and should be archived. But the mere mention of “archive” conjures up thoughts of complex, hard to manage collection of components that eventually becomes almost as expensive as the production storage it was designed to replace.
As we discuss in our video “Protecting Unstructured Data” part of this complexity comes from the fact that IT Professionals have to choose between two imperfect options when selecting the storage device to store archive data, disk or tape. They also have the difficult challenge of identifying and actually moving this old data from production storage to archive storage.
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NOTE: This column was originally published in the Storage Switzerland Weekly Newsletter.