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Published: 19 Oct 2012

Having all the space you need for storage is great, but how do you actually find something when you need it? I still have a football from my last game as a stellar 12-year-old quarterback. (Unfortunately, my mental aptitude continued to flourish while my physical size and abilities went straight into retirement.) Don't ask me to produce the ball; I know it's in the attic, but I'll never find it. Think of the giant reams of unstructured data you have as your attic. Can you find your football? I doubt it. We can shove hundreds of terabytes that used to take up more space than the state of Rhode Island into something the size of a four-foot box. Now we have something the size of the Grand Canyon, and we've filled it up with stuff. While we know everything is in the Grand Canyon, it's mostly useless because we can't actually find anything we need. Hey, where's that check I wrote to Storage Swinger Review? We've placed more value on getting stuff in than on getting it out, and that's going to hurt us. Finding something is harder than storing it--like finding my ... Access >>>

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