6 Tips to Avoid Storage Clutter
Although it’s a chore, spring cleaning can be therapeutic at any time of year. Every home naturally accumulates new and interesting objects: A bike, broken since last summer; a strand of Christmas lights that never actually worked; boxes upon boxes of old clothes; items promised to friends who never got around to picking them up. To keep my attic from overflowing and to avoid any risks my own property might incite, I make it a priority to shine a light on everything I have in storage, and figure out what I actually need to hold on to versus what can be donated, discarded or traded in.
This same “spring cleaning” process can easily be applied to your company’s data. While it might seem easier to tell yourself that you’ll organize and sort through your data at a later date, letting information sit idle over a long period of time is a riskier strategy in the long run. Ignoring a problem doesn’t make it go away, and this same wisdom should be applied to your data. Adopting an “out of sight, out of mind” mandate will not end well: By the time that you finally realize that your business’ data growth and lack of storage visibility has become a problem, your company may be at risk for a host of liabilities. These dangers, including security breaches, compliance anomalies and lawsuits stemming from the misplaced storage of confidential and sensitive information, have the ability to impede your organization’s success.
To combat these risks and overcome the “out of sight, out of mind” mentality, make sure you’re tidying up your storage on a regular basis. The newest DataGravity SlideShare, “Spring Cleaning Your Storage: Dust off old data to optimize, secure storage” has six tips to help you sort, purge, prioritize and protect your stored data. Flip through the slides below to see how you can increase the security of your files, network and business in order to rest as easily as you would in your thoroughly cleaned home.