In a data-centric world, storage is just the beginning

As storage managers switch from an infrastructure-centric to a data-centric view, new access priorities are being tacked on to traditional storage concerns.

Jeff Rowe | Feb 13, 2018 12:00 am

Perhaps the most difficult change that IT and data storage managers have to accept is that storing data, including health data, is no longer enough. 

That’s according to tech writer Drew Robb, who in a recent piece at Datamation, looks at, among other things, how data is increasingly being viewed as a source for mining new insights.

Organizations want to mine data for insight into how they can operate more efficiently, he notes, which in turn means that analytics is rapidly becoming the heart of organizations. This will come as no surprise to healthcare executives, who increasingly want enhanced search, better content management and the ability to dive into that data to achieve better decision making, particularly how to care more effectively for their patients.

“Analytics is about getting the most use and value from your stored data,” Archana Venkatraman, an analyst at IDC, told Robb.

Will Hayes, CEO of Lucidworks, a data management provider, told Robb the key to successful data implementation isn’t just to provide access, and arrange data in nice-looking dashboards. “It is about insight, and how to analyze rapidly as the volume of data growth accelerates. The quantity of data, then, means traditional storage systems need help. Machine learning is being looked to as the answer to this problem.”

One indication of the shift in focus may be a change in how the traditional function of IT departments is essentially being re-named.

Instead of IT, we are seeing the emergence of data technology (DT) and that begins with it data requirements,” said Bob Hammer, CEO of Commvault, a data management platform. “Data management is about sharing dispersed data.”

And data backup, long a chief focus of IT managers, is becoming data protection. Jason Buffington, an analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, an IT research firm, told Robb people are less concerned with backup for its own sake and more interested in recovery as an outcome rather than backup as a method. 

“Backup morphed to data protection,” said Buffington. “To backup has been added replication and snapshots to increase recoverability agility.”



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