Data Storage Growth and File Management

By | July 20, 2011

Data Storage total cost of ownership and complexity will continue to increase unless large organisation tackle data management and file management.

On average companies are estimated to be paying an average of $2.1 million (£1.3 million) a year as a result of inefficient file management systems for their unstructured data, with smaller companies suffering the highest Total Cost of Ownership.

With data growing exponentially from a variety of sources such as emails, increased regulatory compliance requirements, social media and business transactional data IT departments are under increased pressure to provide more and more data storage capability. Of course all this comes at a cost and latest  industry estimates from Tidal Storage an independent storage vendor put the estimated Total Cost of ownership of 1GB of data on a company SAN at £18.

Of course organisations can tackle some of these storage challenges by increased archiving, improved retention policies and restriction on data usage.

However all of these approaches involve their own challenges and data custodians are often reluctant to engage with IT department. Generally the cost of data storage is rarely allocated to business cost centres and hence there is little incentive for data owners archive and purge unwanted data.

One example of how data storage can get out of control was a recent survey on Slashdot where some corporate email users were found to have up to 10GB of emails stored. Obviously email systems are not designed to be used as a file store – there are more resilient and sustainable solutions to this. However this type of scenario does demonstrate the need for IT departments to plan and forecast both current and future storage requirements. Often this is overridden by urgent projects and operational needs and hence capacity planning is often done in a reactive and uncontrolled manner.  The first step on the road to gaining control of bloated data growth is capacity planning and there are a number of independent storage consultancies who can help IT Department initiate this process.

Tidal Storage are an independent storage consultancy delivering Data Storage software, hardware and maintenance. Our objective is to ensure that organisations achieve their complete storage goals utilising the right mix of technology at the best price.

About the Authors: This was a guest post written exclusively for us by Tidal Storage.