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Metadata: Meet the Challenges of Unstructured Data Management

April 30, 2019

Although tackling infrastructure costs is a good strategy for managing data growth, even bigger challenges and value lie in making the best use of business data throughout its entire life. The traditional model of “save everything just in case” will become impractical and stress storage resources, the IT staff, and user patience. Stockpiling data doesn’t make sense when you consider the simple fact that not all data is created equal.

Companies end up paying to store dark data from myriad sources without actually knowing whether it is mission-critical, useless, or even toxic, and it doesn’t take long for unchecked data sprawl to drive storage costs out of control. We believe the answer lies in next-generation storage systems that leverage the power of metadata to better identify, utilize, protect, and control unstructured business data, but implementing these tools takes foresight and planning.

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