We recently conducted a survey to ask IT Professionals what they were seeing in the growth of unstructured data and the challenges associated there. We received hundreds of responses in an incredibly short time.
- Almost 40 percent reported their unstructured data – documents and other office files, images, videos, and other files not in a structured database – is growing at least 25 percent each year, and another 12 percent said growth is more than 50 percent yearly.
- More than 50 percent said long-term retention is their biggest backup challenge, with 41 percent reporting that ready access to archive data was their issue in long-term data retention.
We asked what they needed most to help solve these problems and heard:
- “Intelligent retrieval wherever the data is” was named first or second by 39 percent
- Support for both on-premises and cloud ranked first or second by 38 percent.
Clearly the need for an Active Archive that provides for the long-term retention of unstructured data, with the intelligence to store, manage, retrieve, and prune cost-effectively is a critical IT need!