There’s Now a Smarter, More Efficient Way to Manage the Exponential Growth of Unstructured Data – Here’s How

Due to significant developments in technology and the business ecosystem, data has become a crucial contributor to the success of industries. As organisations continue to find more beneficial uses for data, asset managers are forced to search for ways to manage the mounting amount of unstructured data they pull from diverse sources.

While asset managers have invested time and effort into creating data governance models to deal with structured data, unstructured data is something that not all organisations are equipped to handle. Due to its fast growth, the unpreparedness of businesses and questionable data quality, unstructured data give managers a rough time. Its management complexity doesn’t mean that organisations can ignore unstructured data, as the reality is, about 80% of business data is unstructured.

Sadly, most organisations dealing with the mounting amount of unstructured data are still very much dependant on legacy NAS devices that provide more headaches than relief.

Let me paint you a picture. I own an old phone that has been with me for several years. The speaker barely works, the screen rarely responds, and the worst thing is, it can’t support applications like WhatsApp and Facebook. What’s more, the amount of money that I’ve spent trying to fix the phone is more than the cost needed to get me a newer model that is equipped to fit my current needs. This situation can be applied to organisations that are still very dependent on legacy NAS technology as the TCO increases over time and the effort it takes to maintain the system also escalates.

Not swayed by the situational example? Well, maybe further discussion into the inefficiencies of traditional NAS will convince you to switch to a modern scale-out NAS.

  • Restrictive
    Lack of interoperability and vendor lock-ins are always a problem when using a legacy NAS. This is due to the preconfigured software and hardware that has limited data transfer protocol support making it harder for organisations to shift to a different vendor or move to the cloud.
  • Siloed and expensive
    As your data volume increases, so will the amount of hardware you need to store all that data. Spread across different silos, the mass data fragmentation will make it almost impossible for you to fully leverage the value of the data that your organisation has acquired. Not to mention the increasing TCO that comes with the addition of hardware that adds to the financial burden.

  • Standard efficiency
    Data reduction methods make a massive difference in the amount of data you must cater for. Still, Legacy NAS only provides standard deduplication and low compression ratios, not efficiently reducing your data size.

  • Labour intensive
    In all honesty, legacy NAS requires a lot of work. On top of paying for capital costs, organisations are forced to pay for operational expenses. Organisations will have to account for dedicated staff and the time required to install and manage separate files and object infrastructure.

  • Bolt-on cloud integration
    Designed before the adoption of cloud technology, legacy NAS needs cloud gateways and manual processes for you to be able to migrate and leverage the public cloud. Adding on even more expenses for your organisation.

  • Security not included
    In order to secure your system in this challenging time, you would have to invest in additional infrastructure and management for your legacy NAS.

Now that we’ve discussed how inefficiencies of legacy systems can lead to increased spending and effort, you're probably wondering how exactly you should choose the right modern NAS system for your organisation? A conclusion has been reached after considerations regarding data access/data availability, data access/cost efficiency, and keeping data warm/data security.

The best solution that doesn't compromise on any of the aforementioned points exists in a singular end-to-end unstructured management platform known as Cohesity SmartFiles, which runs on the Cohesity Helios data platform.

With SmartFiles, you can streamline your infrastructure by eliminating silos for a complete view of all your data allowing for better data usability and insight. Its features will allow you to offload infrequently accessed data to make space on your NAS hardware, reducing the cost of hardware maintenance and the need to buy more as your organisation grows.

By having everything on a single platform, you will be able to refine business insights by analysing all your data in one place. This also means having in-place search, analytics, cybersecurity, and data protection present in one place without having to move data to applications but integrating them all into one system. Cybersecurity features within the system reduce attack surfaces, protect datasets, isolates data, and rapidly recovers data to ensure the resiliency of your organisational data.

Simplify your data through holistic and automatic consolidation as SmartFiles provides you with complete visibility and control of your files and objects while supplying automated governance and compliance. SmartFiles allows you to seamlessly scale while maintaining performance at a cost-effective rate. Unlike legacy NAS systems, scaling does not result in a high increase of TOC as data reduction features and file optimisation exist to keep organisations from having to invest more in hardware. Pay-as-you-go pricing also allows businesses to determine how much they want to spend on their system.

This solution is future-proof as it takes a multi-cloud platform approach that allows you to manage your data wherever it lives—making data management adaptive, simple, and secure. What's more, you can acquire and deploy a solution on your own terms and manage it independently or through a partner as a subscription or SaaS.

As unstructured data growth isn't specific to one industry, Cohesity caters for a wide range of industries, proving its applicability across different verticals.

To learn more about how Cohesity SmartFiles can help you with your unstructured data problems, click here.

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