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Smarter storage from metadata, object stores
One of the distinguishing features of object storage systems is their ability to package more metadata with each object they store. That metadata could be used to restrict access, define a file's lifecycle and its ultimate disposition. Other storage products are emerging that can do the same or similar type of data classification. This allows data management tasks to be automated via policies set by IT, thus creating smarter storage systems.
Enterprise file sync-and-share use has taken off in many organizations, but consumer file sync-and-share use can leave corporate data unprotected. In-house EFSS can help guard against data loss by giving IT oversight and control.
Today, organizations face a wide array of storage challenges. Luckily, there are myriad training and certification opportunities for IT pros looking to bolster their knowledge of the storage technologies.
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Storage systems get smarter thanks to object stores and metadata, which are enhancing intelligence of scale-out storage systems.
Cloud storage is approaching critical mass with nearly half of companies sending data into the ether.
With more employees conducting their work remotely, consumer file sync-and-share use could be exposing corporate data. In-house EFSS could help combat this.
Virtualization and long-term retention are only a few of the challenges IT departments face regularly. However, many find that storage certification and training programs can help.
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Hyper-converged and software-defined storage are great technologies, but they must embrace centralized and distributed ops in a single environment.
The 2011 email disaster Google suffered showed why redundancy is woefully inadequate for DR and demonstrated the importance of tape backups.
VMware's VSAN 6 could alter the way storage is delivered and consumed, but whether it is the catalyst that accelerates SDS adoption is still unknown.
With flash and virtualization technologies becoming readily available, the time has come for storage to evolve from data dumb to data aware.