Dark Data – The Next Frontier

Dark Data – The Next Frontier

A majority of organizations have data saved that is no longer used or valuable. Think about all of the digital documents saved in a typical organization ranging from email to presentations to spreadsheets complied by current and former employees.

Dark data

A majority of organizations have data saved that is no longer used or valuable. Think about all of the digital documents saved in a typical organization ranging from email to presentations to spreadsheets complied by current and former employees. In case of litigation, many companies believe in “saving everything, just in case” philosophy, thus encouraging the behavior. This is creating a bottomless pit of forgotten data or dark data, defined by Gartner as “the information assets that organizations collect, process and store in the course of their regular business activity, but generally fail to use for other purposes.” Maintaining dark data results in increased storage costs for your organization. Effectively deleting dark data, starts with understanding what is stored in your current environment. This is done by performing a dark data assessment, using a tool that analyzes file metadata to provide actionable intelligence to users. Once the data is collected, a summarized report on the findings provides assistance in making decision to reduce storage costs and risks. If you are interested in finding out more about dark data, contact Dewpoint. Ed Rohen is an Infrastructure Engineer with over 15 years of IT experience providing solutions for servers, storage, networking and VMware and Veritas NetBackup. During his career, he has led a number of high profile projects providing strong technical and project leadership.

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