If managed efficiently, the opportunities of Big Data are huge. Organisations need to ensure they have the IT solutions and strategies to manage Big Data, especially as the amount of data being generated continues to grow for the foreseeable future.
To tap into these benefits, organisations not only need the right internal IT skill sets but also the right storage architecture, analytical tools, and data policies. Organisations need to recognise Big Data as a business opportunity, not one of the many new IT challenges.
According to a joint Hitachi Data Systems and Computacenter Data Optimisation Survey, a massive 87% of organisations now have to manage and store more data than they did a year ago. And 85% say their staff have some problems finding information they need, when they need it.
Well over a quarter of organisations think they are only slightly or not at all effective at using data for business advantage.
However, despite Big Data opening up the doors for new business opportunities, it can also result in new challenges. Big Data can also mean an increase in storage hardware costs. By optimising existing storage assets, organisations will be able to ensure both their IT infrastructure and budget can keep up with the endless flow of terabytes.
Deduplication, compression, archiving, and automated data tiering are just some of the proven storage optimisation options available to organisations. By optimising existing storage infrastructure, organisations will be able to establish an IT roadmap for capturing, analysing and exploiting Big Data and turning that data into big opportunities.
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