Unstructured File Data Management

Identification and management of unstructured file data using an automated, policy-based approach

Unstructured File Data Explosion ImageThe use of personal productivity, content, and collaboration applications to document information and conduct communications between individuals, groups, and organizations has resulted in an explosion of unstructured data.

Unstructured data is produced by people writing answers to questions, explaining business operations and strategies, and describing processes, situations, and events that occur within the business. Unstructured data includes email files, word-processing text documents, PowerPoint presentations, .jpeg, .gif, and.png files, .mpg, .avi and .mov files, and more. In addition, file formats are richer and file sizes are growing.

The management of unstructured data is one of the major unsolved problems for enterprise IT organizations. There has been a huge increase in the amount of information generated and shared by organizations in almost every industry and business sector. However, this unstructured data explosion has consumed huge amounts of expensive IT resources, both human and technological, and there is large need for tools that can be used to manage unstructured data.

The Data Dynamics StorageX platform provides unstructured data management capabilities that allow storage professionals to discover, view, report, assess, classify, migrate, move, and optimize storage of unstructured file data in heterogeneous enterprise storage infrastructures. StorageX gives storage professionals the following capabilities:

  • Discovery of unstructured file data across heterogeneous storage resources – Using StorageX data discovery capabilities, enterprise IT organizations can use StorageX to discover, across heterogeneous storage resources throughout their enterprise storage environments, where their unstructured file data is. Storage administrators use StorageX discovery capabilities to gain insight into unstructured data scattered across their storage infrastructure and dramatically reduce the amount of effort storage administrators have to spend trying to gather information about what types of unstructured data they have, who has access to it, and when it was last accessed.
  • Assessment and classification of unstructured file data – After using StorageX discovery capabilities to find unstructured file data and view it in a unified fashion using a central console, storage administrators can use StorageX to assess their file data. This includes determining what unstructured file data should be moved or archived.
  • Non-disruptive, project-based migration and movement – Storage administrators can use StorageX to create projects for discovered sets of file data and then move data sets to appropriate storage resources, whether moving data sets to new platforms or migrating entire projects or infrequently access files and shares to more cost-effective secondary storage.
  • Policy-based management and storage optimization for unstructured file data – Storage administrators can use StorageX file data migration policies to move files from one class of storage to another seamlessly, as well as identify what files can be deleted to reclaim storage capacity. Using the StorageX policy-based management approach, storage administrators can define what kind of information should be stored where.