How you know if data-aware storage is right for your team

At the core of becoming data-aware, there’s a simple premise – you deserve to know what’s in your data. If you own a house, you’re not sitting across the street staring through its windows with binoculars; you’re living and breathing within its four walls. Becoming data-aware is about making that house your home, taking inventory and making use of its contents.

One conversation we find ourselves having about the concept of data-aware solutions is how exactly an organization should define the term. John Joseph, DataGravity president and co-founder, recently wrote about this question in a post on LinkedIn. As John explains, “plenty of new companies are rolling out the “data-aware” descriptor for their latest technologies and solutions. This industry groundswell of interest in the term tells us one thing: if your IT system is lacking a certain level of awareness, it may be a cause for concern.”

However, as the term is adopted by new solutions throughout the IT stack, its meaning can become unclear. From our perspective, we see the same themes present in every DataGravity customer. These situations and pain points are a great place to start.

If you’re evaluating pain points for your IT team, and wondering whether data-aware storage could reduce security risks and alleviate data management issues, try asking the below questions of your organization:

  • How many people are on our IT team? Do we truly have the resources to handle our growing stores of data?
  • Are we storing files we’ll never use again? Would we know it if these files contained sensitive elements that exposed us to security risks?
  • Does our industry face particularly high risks of a data breach?
  • In the event of an audit, could we prove that our stored information meets industry compliance regulations?

If you’re looking for answers to any of these and coming up short, data-aware storage might be the right answer.

For more details on whether DataGravity is right for your organization, check out John’s article on LinkedIn.


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Jeff Boehm

Jeff Boehm

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.