Intelligent CIO North America Issue 8 - Page 33

EDITOR ’ S QUESTION
STEVE LEEPER , OFFICE OF THE CTO , DATADOBI
When data is relocated to a public cloud there are times when it must be recalled to local onprem systems .

Unstructured data ( i . e . file and object ) is growing exponentially . In addition to usergenerated data , application-generated and machine-generated data is consuming more and more capacity and placing strain on storage devices and budgets .

The answer to this dilemma is not to always expand on-prem storage capacity .
They are taking large existing collections of unstructured data and either making a copy for resiliency ’ s sake or transferring data to a public cloud provider for the purpose of executing analytics . Plus , when data is relocated to a public cloud there are times when it must be recalled to local on-prem systems .
For data that remains in the public cloud there are issues such as lifecycle management , which is required to efficiently manage cost , governance requirements to comply with and so forth .
Key to handling these requirements is having the aforementioned visibility of the overall environment .
This is critical to understanding what data is stored where , what data needs to be relocated , being able to relocate that data and to ensure the validity of that data as it is relocated .
Rather the procurement of enterprise grade data mobility software to scan , analyze and visualize the characteristics of content being stored along with the ability to take action is key to providing the flexibility organizations need today .
These actions could be to classify , move , migrate , archive or even delete obsolete data and are the key to managing ever growing content .
As is becoming more common , public cloud storage is filling a new role to either replace or augment traditional enterprise storage systems . Today , data is often collected on an on-prem NAS or object storage system and many organizations are examining how to best derive value from that data .
Key to handling these requirements is having the aforementioned visibility of the overall environment . This is critical to understanding what data is stored where , what data needs to be relocated , being able to relocate that data and to ensure the validity of that data as it is relocated .
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