Documents, e-mails, contracts, media and graphics – these are just a sample of the electronic content that businesses around the world generate each day. And while they’re not filling file cabinets and taking up valuable square feet of real estate, they are consuming valuable storage resources.
IDC (News - Alert) estimates that this year the volume of digital content will grow to 2.7 zettabytes (ZB), almost doubling over 2011. Making it more complicated is that more than 90 percent of this information will be unstructured, packed with rich information, but challenging to understand and analyze.
So what happens to this data? In essence, for most companies, it’s the enterprise equivalent of the TV show “Hoarders: Buried Alive.” By some accounts, as much as 70 percent of the data an enterprise stores goes untouched, either because companies are unsure of what can and cannot be deleted, or because employees cannot find what they need when they need it... Read More