The top 3 biggest data storage challenges facing organisations

The top 3 biggest data storage challenges facing organisations

Organisations of all sizes and industries face data storage challenges. Below are a few key issues identified by our expert, Corne Du Preez.

Data Growth

Most organisations face the dilemma of an increased amount of data entering their systems from various sources. Data needs to be stored in a specific way that will make it easier to be reached at a later stage. If done incorrectly, it will add time and money to address and organisations may lose their competitive edge.

Complexity

Most organisations are geared for structured data and systems are setup in that way. Think of the current databases where data and information are stored. It is set up in the more traditional way for structured data. However, looking at the amount of data that enters organisations up to 80% of this data is unstructured. This adds a lot of complexity to manage and maintain

Diversity

The issue at hand here is the unstructured data and the velocity with how it is created. Take YouTube for instance – 300 hours of video are uploaded every minute of the day. In the world of eCommerce, data is generated at a rapid pace and this is not just related to the purchase, but also to how customers use information for their own research in making choices in what they buy and when.

On top of these issues there are still the problems related to cost, infrastructure, security and connectivity. Most customers are not yet ready to consider Cloud data storage as a solution to their current on premises data storage issues. It is a case of currently adding more hardware when in fact the problem might not be solved with more hardware, but a different way of looking at the problem for possible solutions.

How do we look at the issue of data storage differently?

Let’s start at the most basic layer – the infrastructure. Data needs to be stored somewhere. Most organisations store their data on SANs (Storage Area Networks). This means organisations need to have skilled IT engineers that can manage the network (LAN and WAN), the SANs, servers connected to the SANs and data centres to store all this infrastructure. The cost here can spiral out of control. One of the easiest workarounds here is to use cloud storage where organisations take advantage of the cloud provider’s infrastructure to save them the trouble of having to set all this up.

A major headache for organisations, when it comes to data storage, is security. Without the right controls, policies and software to maintain data security, organisations are open to hacks and unauthorised access to data.

In a world where everything is connected to everything it makes securing data an expensive exercise. Data at rest must be encrypted. Once again, it can’t be stressed enough, organisations are going to have to have a tight control around their data and in some cases will need to go the extra mile to make sure that their vendors and staff are adhering to the security policies and standards.

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This is an excerpt from an article titled “Industry experts on the biggest data storage challenges“.

Corne du Preez (Technology Solutions Professional: Apps and Infra at Altron Karabina) contributed to this article, originally published in Intelligent Data Centres. Read the full article here.

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