dormant data blob

Stop your dormant data blob before it swallows you whole

If you’re a data hoarder like me, you can appreciate how the problem starts innocently enough. A personal photo posted to a corporate drive. An outdated version of a sales presentation. A W-9 form from a vendor that no longer does business with the company. A scanned receipt for an expense report.

It’s likely that none of these files, individually, presents a huge problem. But, if the situation is ignored, a common but deadly issue can take root. As different types of data are stored, more files containing sensitive information sneak in: healthcare patient data, student IDs and tax records. In fact, on average, a company’s unstructured data is growing at a rate of 60 to 80 percent per year.

When the majority of that data lies dormant on your company’s storage, security and compliance risks proliferate, as well. Before you know it, this blob of dormant data can take up terabytes of capacity. The files are uncategorized, unstructured, making it virtually impossible to work with them. The blob contains sensitive information: that W-9 has the vendor’s Social Security number on it; that expense report has a credit card number.

The dormant data blob on your system isn’t just an inconvenience that’s sapping your company’s storage capacity. It likely contains data that can truly put your company at risk. And even if you aren’t sure of its size and scale, there’s a good chance your company houses a dormant data blob of its own.

This is a two-pronged problem: The data that already exists, and the files being added on a daily basis that are causing the blob to grow. But, what can you do to stop dormant data from destroying your company’s bottom line?

To rein in dormant data growth, unstructured data management should be a critical requirement for your team. The same goes for data-aware storage – storage that can determine what data your company uses regularly, and can assess how that data can be used to your advantage.

In a recent e-book, titled “The threat of dormant data,” we’re sharing tips about ways you can use these technologies to conquer your company’s dormant data blob. In the e-book, you’ll learn in-depth questions your organization should ask about its unstructured data, risk factors your dormant data is hiding and how data-aware storage can reduce your dormant-data risks and help you gain valuable insights that can improve operations..

Ignoring dormant data is no longer an option – it will only continue to grow in your data center until you address the issue and put its contents to work for your team.

Download “The threat of dormant data” to start your company on the track to putting this data to work for you.

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Devlyn Coelho

Devlyn Coelho is the Director of Corporate Marketing at DataGravity. She previously held marketing leadership roles at Enterprise Strategy Group, Dell, and EqualLogic.