Your neighborhood and your data have one major thing in common

Every day, most of us leave our homes and walk or drive down the same streets as the day before. We take the same highways or subways, and stop at the same coffee shops and lunch spots on a regular basis. Our neighborhoods and common commuting routes offer a comfortable level of predictability. In many ways, these familiar systems of roads and city infrastructure are “dumb” – they’re controlled environments where we can take the reins and steer travel on our own terms.

For many years, data center infrastructures have also fallen under the “dumb” category. While we’ve seen major improvements in the last 50 years, we also haven’t seen many breakthroughs that have turned the system on its head. As Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), recently wrote for Computerworld, “we just make our highways bigger (networking bandwidth) and our buckets fatter (storage). But we don’t know what those highways or buckets carry at any more than a rudimentary level.”

Unstructured data and virtualized infrastructure aren’t predictable

Every time we talk to IT leaders in the field, we hear about their efforts to manage unstructured data and reduce its security risks. In his article, Duplessie discusses the root of this problem: virtual infrastructure isn’t predictable, and manually managing its data will lead to unexpected delays and issues. It’s time to embark on a smarter era of infrastructure, and to do so, IT managers need ways to find out exactly what’s in their data and how it can be applied to the rest of their organizations.

Says Duplessie:

“We need the emphasis to be placed on the data itself — and have that data be responsible to identify itself in some way so that the infrastructure can find it and act accordingly. Because the one constant in a virtual world is the data — it doesn’t change. What you do with it might — but the data itself does not. It simply is.”

Data-aware storage paves the way for intelligent infrastructure

Perhaps in 10 years, we’ll all be riding around our neighborhoods in self-driving cars, with newer, smarter roads providing access to a constant stream of analytics about traffic, preferred routes and more. Maybe we’ll stick with “dumb” infrastructure for our roads, or find entirely new ways to innovate in terms of transportation. In any case, travel isn’t the primary issue on most IT managers’ minds. Instead, it’s securing, protecting and enhancing the value of their data. Data-aware solutions accomplish this by providing a way to upend the IT market and deliver a new level of intelligence to the assets that matter most to any company, and as Duplessie notes, they’re much needed in today’s enterprise technology climate.

Learn how to improve data management and security with data-aware solutions.

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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.