We tend to talk a lot about unstructured data growth in this space, and how this trend drives up IT costs and increases complexity. Yes, I’m writing about this topic again, because it has such a powerful impact on businesses, but now I’d like to focus specifically on the numbers.
The Cost of Unstructured Data Growth
The increasing costs associated with file data growth aren’t just about storage capacity. There is far more to managing unstructured data than provisioning primary storage. We crunched through all the numbers to build our new TCO calculator and customized report engine, but they deserve their own front-and-center treatment, so now we’re publishing the details in a quick, easily digestible format. Our new infographic reveals the hidden costs of file storage, and it’s exactly what the traditional storage vendors don’t want you to see.
See the Infographic below or download a copy here.
While there is more to file storage than primary capacity, I’m not saying running out of room is a small problem. Not by any means. One of the stats we cite in the infographic, for example, is a Gartner projection noting that a 35% annual growth rate for unstructured data means you’ll have to double your storage capacity every three years.
The infographic details the cost of keeping pace with primary storage growth, but it also looks at less obvious figures. For instance, do you know how much it costs to protect a single TB of data? Or what it takes in terms of IT hours/salary to manage these growing stores of unstructured data? In addition to answering these questions, the infographic also details the costs of extending fast access to remote offices, giving mobile users the fast, secure access to files they demand, and more.