Monday, November 22, 2010

Data: Lost or Misplaced?

By Rich Walsh

In taking a look at the Kroll Ontrack “Global Data Loss Causes” survey, I found it interesting that 90 percent of responders have lost data, and 18 percent did not know how the data went missing. Mind you, these losses could be attributed to such occurrences as data that has been corrupted by a virus or just human error – files being misfiled or accidentally deleted. But, I immediately thought, “Perhaps it wasn’t lost; it just couldn’t be found.”

Having written and spoken about data storage for years, one theme has remained constant: the amount of data that corporations must manage is growing and shows no signs of stopping. Keeping track of this mass of data is a daunting challenge for many companies.

I often hear from IT executives that they are frustrated by the multitude of archiving systems at their organizations as more and more repositories are installed to meet data growth. Misplacing data becomes very plausible, and even typical, in this type of environment.

Losing data is never a good thing and when it happens, whether in a household or at a major corporation, it can create some headaches – to put it mildly. In the current environment, losing data is simply not an option as new regulations are sure to put more demands on data recovery. The consequences for missing data can be severe; you only need to read the mortgage-foreclosure headlines to get a sense of this.

Storage professionals may be feeling pressure from IT executives to fix the problem while managing costs. Data management should not be an obstacle to a corporation’s primary business objective. Now is the ideal time to address this issue because there is no apparent end in sight for the onslaught of data.

How is your company handling the barrage?

Rich Walsh is President, Document Archive & Repository Services at Viewpointe. He has more than 25 years of operational information technology experience.

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