Understanding Your Data Better Will Slow Your Storage Costs

Understanding your data can help drive down storage costs, while maintaining agility and efficiently. By gaining deeper insights into your data, across all silos, without disrupting the end user experience you can assure resilience while controlling costs. It’s also valuable to develop an efficient hybrid cloud strategy while keeping in mind the importance of retaining data copies and enhancing cybersecurity for your organization.

In fact, hybrid cloud has become the new normal for most enterprises. With 94% using a mix of cloud models and 67% using more than one public cloud provider. Most importantly, the majority of those enterprises want a consistent way to manage data across clouds.

When looking at how to manage your data more consistently across clouds while cutting costs, it’s important to optimize storage space by moving inactive data to a more cost-effective storage tier. When storage is optimized, data can then migrate faster within the data center or across clouds. You can also improve resilience by maintaining the data access despite a disaster or cyberattack by creating more cost effective copies. Building a data lake across all storage for AI/ML can be an efficient way to prepare for big data. Lastly, the importance of natively accessing data from anywhere across the hybrid cloud cannot be understated.

By taking a closer look at storage optimization, we can see that all data cannot be treated the same. Keeping cold data on primary storage, for example, is a result of poor data management. Over 70% of enterprise data hasn’t been touched in over a year and much of that data is being actively managed, which is inefficient and not cost effective. This cold data doesn’t need expensive, high-performance storage with unnecessary backup copies. So why pay top-dollar to retain this cold data? By knowing your data better, you can make smarter, more cost effective, storage decisions.

Identifying cold data and migrating or archiving it from primary systems can save customers up to 85% on costs. This cold data can be transparently archived to a less expensive storage space, such as cloud, object storage or tape. This process will free up NAS storage space, reduce the backup footprint, and save your company a substantial amount of money and resources.

Learn more in this webinar.

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About Author

Jason Grant is the Director, Storage & Data Solutions at Veristor.