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How New Technologies Are Driving Exponential File Growth & Testing IT Limits

In all of my conversations and experiences with prospective and existing customers, there’s one common theme across industries. Unstructured Data and file growth destroys even the most carefully crafted IT plans.

The specific pain varies from organization to organization. For some companies, the increasing volume of unstructured data strains storage capacity and forces them to refresh hardware earlier than expected.

Common Unstructured Data Growth Problems

  • Rising data protection costs.
  • Increasing infrastructure complexity resulting from the effort to provide distributed access to large, complex files.
  • Exponential file growth that drives storage consumption faster than IT can grow the storage footprint.

Many organizations experience all these pain points at once. What’s the root of this unprecedented growth? In our latest series of blog posts, The Unstructured Data Explosion, we detail several industry-specific causes of the increase in the size and/or volume of files. In many cases, files are growing because of a particular technology — a device, machine or camera that’s cranking out unstructured data. A few examples:

These new technologies are absolutely essential. The resulting files help drive revenue and profit, and a failure to embrace the technology in question would put a company at a competitive disadvantage. A 3D laser scanner that can create a detailed map of the interior of a manufacturing facility is going to help designers at architecture, engineering and construction firms do more precise, accurate work. Higher resolution, 3D medical images can take some of the guess work out of diagnosing serious injuries and diseases. Aerial imagery assists businesses in everything from land-use planning to power line inspections, resulting in dramatic increases in efficiency.

“As files and unstructured data sets grow, most organizations aren’t scaling storage and data protection budgets at the same rate.”

Of course, this puts IT in a difficult position. As files and unstructured data sets grow, most organizations aren’t scaling storage and data protection budgets at the same rate. IT is being asked to do more with less. Requesting a storage hardware refresh or data center footprint expansion to manage these growing volumes of data would be a strategic mistake. Instead, IT needs to find a way to cost-effectively store and protect these files, and to make them available to any user that needs them in a secure, high-performance manner. To do that, you have to leverage cloud-based Enterprise File Services.

Take a look at the series here to find out more about technology-driven unstructured data growth, and how companies are addressing it with cloud storage technology.