Attend any storage conference and speaker after speaker mentions the storage explosion. Some studies place the figure at 50 percent, while others grow at a rate of 125 percent a year. Yet according to Meta Group (Stamford, CT), up to 80 percent of this data remains inactive in production systems where it cripples performance.
"To compound this problem, many enterprises are in the midst of compliance initiatives that require the retention of more data for longer periods of time, as well as consolidation projects that result in significant data growth," said Charlie Garry, senior program director at Meta Group.
In terms of compliance alone, Sarbanes-Oxley, SEC 17a, HIPAA and a host of other rules have transformed information management into a minefield of potential liability.
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