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Business Tips: Data Tiering

DATA TIERING 101

The sheer volume and flow of data today presents SMBs with unprecedented challenges and opportunities. Find out how data tiering lets you intentionally manage and convert data into valuable content that drives business growth.

7 SIMPLE TRUTHS ABOUT DATA TIERING
You’ve heard of Big Data. But that phrase sounds tame when you consider the rate at which “big” is getting bigger. It’s startling to hear that 90% of the data in the world has been produced in the last two years.1 Or, that demand for storage capacity is rising 80-100% every year. And we haven’t even begun to hit our stride. The data deluge won’t just be big—it’s going to be extreme.
Conventional storage is dead. Tiering is now the most powerful tool available for SMBs facing extreme data growth.

1. ADDING BOXES ISN’T THE ANSWER
Dealing with extreme data isn’t about housing it all. It’s about determining what data is most useful to your business, and then determining exactly where “speed meets need.” Put simply, the data you rarely interact with shouldn’t utilize the same high-performance solution that gives you instant access to your day-to-day, business- critical data. This kind of dynamic, intelligent management of data is something conventional storage was never designed to offer.

2. THERE IS NO BAD DATA, JUST BAD MANAGEMENT
Tiering is about qualifying data in terms of how often it needs to be accessed or retrieved—not how long ago it was captured or produced. Let go of the idea of “old” vs. “new” data and instead consider how you want to use it.
TIER 1: Online
High Performance
TIER 2: Nearline
Medium Performance
TIER 3: Offline
Med/Low Performance
TIER 4: Offsite
Low Performance

3. DATA CAN BE TRANSFORMED INTO CONTENT
Data that sits inert doesn’t do anything for your business. But when you’re able to actively access and mine your data over and over again in new ways, it becomes content—a living, breathing asset you can leverage to suit your business needs.

4. YOU CAN MOVE TO TIERED STORAGE CONFIDENTLY
Thanks to the increasing sophistication of metatagging and data indexing technologies, it’s easier than ever to automate the classification and targeting of your data. The best part is you won’t sacrifice data visibility or accessibility, even when migrating data from one storage device to another.

5. YOU’RE PROTECTED
You’re likely to face downtime sometime. When you do, a tiered archive will have you back up and running fast. It maximizes security and efficiency by enabling multiple, redundant layers of data and content protection in
a single package. Deduplication and encryption also ensure movement to the cloud with the highest level of security possible.

6. TIERING BOOSTS LONG-TERM BUSINESS HEALTH
Tiered storage has an overall lower purchase price, lower monthly license fees and lower maintenance costs (freeing up storage management resources for more critical initiatives). Next-generation storage solutions also use less power than conventional storage options. Most importantly, these benefits scale as your business grows (as your data and content pool gets bigger) thanks in large part to better utilization of all your storage assets.
7. IT HELPS THE BOTTOM LINE
Establishing intelligent, proactive data management habits makes good business sense. You owe it to your organization to do everything possible to close the gap between burgeoning archive data, open up new opportunities and lessen the toll on your IT budget. In the coming years, the move to tiered storage will look less like a TCO improvement and more like a strategic imperative.

Visit ScalableStorage.com to learn more about intelligently managing and protecting your data with a tiered solution.

It sounds like a smart system, is it a solution? Idk, the data is the data. They aren’t reducing the data they are just better organizing it and making the run speeds vastly better. It does take advantage of the cloud and putting old rarely used to not used data that still needs to be retained on the cloud. In smaller companies that maybe past ten years of sales data or past ten years of tax returns (all encrypted of course)

Making use of the cloud would definitely reduce the amount of storage space needed within the actual organization.

I foresee management problems with this type of architecture. Data owners would have to be more involved in the process of classification, now not only do they have to classify the data as: unclassified, confidential, secret and top secret, but they also have to classify it as tier 1-4!

Then, DBA’s (Data Base Administrators) have to move the data around. Also, data classification changes, so the owners have to stay up on the data and update the classification regularly.

For example:
I stated earlier, put the last 10 years of tax returns on tier 3-4.

Well, during tax season the CPA’s might want it brought to tier 1. After tax season they need it to go back to tier 3-4.

Now keep in mind large corporations usually do taxes quarterly. So now, that process alone must be done 4 times a year!

I don’t know it seems like a lot of extra work, but it could have benefits. In a really large corporation, such as a hospital or a bank, the potential speed of use may be so beneficial that adding a few extra DBA’s will be well worth it!

I want to look into this topic a little more, so check back for an update, but I do like the idea!

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