File Server Disk Management – Stop The Sprawl!

Tackling File Data Growth, Head On

Gary White – Waterford Technologies

The continuous growth  of data in the Enterprise and commercial sector places a huge strain on all storage resources, with TB’s of Tier 1 or expensive storage being consumed at a never before seen rate.

The most alarming element of this is the fact that a huge percentage (as high as 80% by some estimates) of this data is classed as old / unused data, which is being constantly backed-up and maintained. Not only are costs incurred from hardware, but also the cost associated with dedicated technicians to just maintain and monitor this data. File server disk management is becoming increasingly difficult.

The Future

This problem isn’t going to just go away either, with some predictions saying “data production will be 44 times greater in 2020 than it was in 2009 (Source).File Server Disk Management

The normal reaction to this is to resolve the problem in 1 of 2 ways, firstly to go purchase additional storage space (Worldwide IT spending is projected to total $3.7 trillion in 2013, a 4.2 percent increase from 2012 spending of $3.6 trillion, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc.) or secondly to manually delete data to give you a very short respite, again until the problem returns.

But there is a 3rd way, which is not only cheaper and more practical in today’s tough economic times, but also allows Enterprises to continually manage their data growth, File Archiving!

File Archiving allows for an automated and integrated solution for archiving file content,

  • De-duplicating,
  • Retention management
  • Full clear visibility into your servers

which in turn lowers overall storage costs, and enables eDiscovery of file content.

Without doubt one of the biggest issues I address on a daily basis from all sectors is visibility and File Server Disc Management knowledge, what data? largest? duplicated? and most importantly owners! and its business critical reference. IT departments need to have a clear understanding of their data before they can attempt to address data management, so they can deal directly with department managers with the confidence that their actions will not impact the business.

Once these reports have been generated it allows the IT department the control to identify stale/old data and drive clean-up, streamline operations for data migration, agree and set policies for continued growth and planning,  based upon their defined data strategy guidelines.

This then in turn allows IT departments the peace of mind that their HSM needs are being taken care of in the background without interaction by end-users with a single entry point to monitor and report to individual departments in seconds.

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