The statistic that 85% of data in most data centers has not been accessed in the last year is often cited, and for the most part it is very accurate. Organizations create more data than ever and retain that information for a long time. Clearly some of this data can be deleted, but some of it legitimately needs to be retained to meet legal requirements, reference requirements or to monetize it. How does the organization decide which data needs to be retained and which should be deleted?
We discuss this challenge in our StorageShort “Overcoming the Fear of Deleting Files”.
Should Data Be Deleted?
The motivation to aggressively remove old data from storage systems became less of a priority as storage systems began to scale to very high capacity and the cost of capacity continued to decline. Now there is even cloud storage organizations can use to this store all this data without impacting the on-premises data center. The “keep it all” philosophy is increasingly popular and even practical, especially given the risk of deleting the wrong data. It overcomes the fear of deleting files by not deleting files.
Making “Keep it all” Work
The problem with a “keep it all” data mentality is IT often lacks the tools it needs to monitor and manage the movement of data between tiers. There is also the challenge of managing the multiple, separate storage systems making up those tiers. An alternative is to use a Cloud Era File System that seamlessly integrates cloud and data center storage into a single tier.
To learn more about Cloud Era File Systems, watch our on demand webinar, “The Four Requirements of a Cloud-Era File System”. Registered viewers also get a free copy or our latest e-book “What is a Cloud-Era File System?”