Gartner’s Roadmap for Storage: What to Know and Do

Documents, presentations, social media, blogs and multi-media are a daily part of business – which means companies are producing more unstructured data than ever. The natural outcome of this explosion in content is that managing and making sense of all this information is harder than ever.  This unstructured data is difficult to analyze and many organizations aren’t implementing ways to manage it simply because they don’t understand the data they have.

To help address some of those problems, Gartner released a report about best practices for storage administrators. The report shows that businesses need to gain insight from their storage for internal analysis and to comply with legal and regulatory guidelines and investigations. IT, and specifically storage administrators, need to look more holistically at information management and how to better support business processes, from analytic to regulatory needs. Doing this right is crucial.

Here are what I think are some of the key recommendations contained in the research:

  • Storage administrators need to take an expanded, more influential role in information management, and partner with line of business to understand regulatory compliance and business process requirements and their impact on data storage.
  • Work with legal and compliance teams to create data retention policies that include procedures for responding to information requests.
  • Understand and build appropriate policies for the wide variety of electronically stored information (ESI) assets distributed across devices and locations.
  • Hone in on your company’s specific data storage needs, looking at factors such as data location, age and how often it’s used. This information will help inform plans surrounding information governance, business efficiency and cost optimization.
  • Take technological advances into account. Make a plan and understand the regulations for storage as related to file sync and sharing services, social media and endpoint devices such as smartphones and tablets.
  • Consider updating your information management and storage technology. Tools like file analysis, copy data management, file and identity governance, content migration and information classification platforms can all improve storage processes and better support business objectives.

It’s obvious that the next generation of storage will need to factor intelligence into the equation if companies are to maximize the impact of all the unstructured data they’re created. To learn more about what line-of-business users want from storage investments, read my earlier post entitled “Unstructured Data Analysis By the Numbers: IT Experts Weigh In.”

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Gartner Research Document – Best Practices for Storage Administrators: Staying Relevant in an Information-Centric Data Center, Analysts Sheila Childs & Alan Dayley, March 13, 2013

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Jeff Boehm was the vice president of marketing at DataGravity for 2 years. Jeff brought more than 20 years of experience with a rare combination of marketing skills, organizational leadership and technical background to DataGravity, having shaped the BI and search markets working for industry pioneers and disrupters.