Data Management Opportunities Abound for Channel

 
 
By Michael Vizard  |  Posted 2016-03-29 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Data Management Opportunities Abound for Channel

    Poor data management practices may cost organizations more than $3 trillion by 2020. This creates significant data management opportunities for the channel.
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    2 - The Growth of Data
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    The Growth of Data

    On average, IT executives report data is growing at a rate of 39% per year.
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    3 - Average File Size
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    Average File Size

    The average size of a file is just over half a megabyte and has only increased 10.3% in the past seven years. But the storage environment itself is cluttered. The average petabyte of information contains 2,312,000,000 files. But files that are classified as stale are 33% smaller than the files that have been modified in the past year.
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    4 - Worst Storage Offenders
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    Worst Storage Offenders

    Developer (20.1%), image (11.7%) and unknown files (10.8%) make up the largest percentage of files. Image GB (gigabytes) at 14.2%, compressed GB at 10.8% and developer GB at 9.2% account for the most space consumed.
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    5 - Types of Files That Should Be Cut Down in Size
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    Types of Files That Should Be Cut Down in Size

    Virtual machine, security, gaming file, scientific and geographic information system file types are the top-five file types that can be reduced in size.
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    6 - Hidden Storage Costs
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    Hidden Storage Costs

    41% of the operating environment has not been modified in three years, and 12% has not been modified in seven years. If 41% of the environment is stale, organizations could be spending as much as $20.5 million per year to manage data that hasn't been touched in three years.
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    7 - Business-Critical Data
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    Business-Critical Data

    The average U.S. organization only has 16% of its data tagged as business critical. ROT data is, on average, 30%, while "dark data" makes up 54%.
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    8 - Rate of Data Removal
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    Rate of Data Removal

    Just over a third of IT executives say they remove ROT data every quarter, versus just under a third that say they do it monthly. Another 15% say they remove ROT data on a weekly basis, while 5% say they have no strategy in place.
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    9 - The Trouble With Orphan Data
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    The Trouble With Orphan Data

    While orphaned data is a mere 1.6% of the total file population, it's 5.1% of the total storage capacity. Orphaned data is also disproportionately skewed toward content-rich data types, with images taking up 88% more space than normal and videos and presentations at 165% and 229%, respectively. Orphan files are also 222% larger than the average file.
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    10 - The Trouble With Employee Data
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    The Trouble With Employee Data

    The number of employees using corporate networks for their personal use is growing, leading to more types of files, such as personal legal and ID documents (62%), photos (60%) or non-approved software (27%) being stored at work. Due to this growth, 45% of respondents in the U.S. say they are worried about employees being careless with how they handle company data.
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    Targets for Archiving

    Content-rich files—such as presentations, spreadsheets, documents and text files—make up 20% of the average stale environment. Archiving them reduces storage costs by 50% or more—a return of more than $2 million. Audio and video files alone can return 11%. Images take up 18% of storage space in the ancient, seven-year-or-older file category.
 

A pair of reports from Veritas Technologies points to a substantial opportunity for channel partners: data management. IT organizations are on track to waste more than $3.3 trillion by 2020 on storing data they don't need, according to the research, which is based on a survey of 2,550 IT executives conducted by Vanson Bourne on behalf of Veritas. The research classifies data as business-critical; redundant, obsolete or trivial (ROT); or as "dark data" (whose value is unknown and may include business-critical or ROT data). The vast majority of data being stored falls in the latter two categories. The opportunity that creates for solution providers across the channel is to provide managed services that pay for themselves by reducing the amount of data that needs to be stored and ultimately secured. To help make that happen, Veritas has a few suggestions for what types of files those managed service providers should be looking to outright delete or archive.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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