ChalkTalk Video: What’s Your Unstructured Data Protection Strategy

The capacity requirements of unstructured data continue to grow at an alarming rate and the rate of growth is only going to get worse. Storing is problem enough but protecting unstructured data is creating a new challenge that most data centers aren’t prepared for. IT needs to act now to modernize its unstructured data protection strategy.

In our recent ChalkTalk Video with Aparavi’s VP of Business Development, Jonathan Calmes, we explore how legacy solutions face several issues when dealing with unstructured data.

One of the key challenges that legacy data protection solutions face is dealing with the sheer number of files represented in the unstructured data store. The legacy approach is to “walk” the file system for each backup, and frequently multiple times for an individual backup. This multiple pass through the file system struggled in the days of millions of files, now with data centers approaching or exceeding a billion files, it simply is too time consuming to even consider. The alternative, image backups which, while they improve backup performance, cause search and restore issues.

In addition to the techniques used to protect the data, legacy systems also struggle managing their own capacity requirements and very few make any real use of cloud storage. Watch our ChalkTalk Video to learn how to create an unstructured data protection strategy.

Twelve years ago George Crump founded Storage Switzerland with one simple goal; to educate IT professionals about all aspects of data center storage. He is the primary contributor to Storage Switzerland and is a heavily sought after public speaker. With over 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS and SAN, Virtualization, Cloud and Enterprise Flash. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland he was CTO at one of the nation's largest storage integrators where he was in charge of technology testing, integration and product selection.

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