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Cloud storage, on-prem storage, hybrid cloud and cloud outposts: there are so many options today for enterprise data storage. But it all starts with your data. Where is it, what types of data and files and how much of it do you have, how is it stored, how much does it cost to store and back it up, and which is hot, warm or cold? By understanding all of this, you can do things with your data that you might never have considered in the past. Komprise is data management software for unstructured data which looks across all your storage to give you holistic insights for decision-making. We help enterprises “right-place” their data for cost and performance and we do this continuously, through analytics and intelligent automation.
Our product roadmap is focused on helping customers monetize data better and securely manage their data across diverse environments. Lower your risks, lower your costs, and increase business value. But don’t take it from us. This review from Zach DeMeyer of Gestalt IT describes how we do it and how we can help IT teams gain better ROI from storage and data management.
The Problem of Unstructured Data
We already know that data is everywhere and helping to drive key business decisions around the world. When you stop and think about the amounts of data we produce and consume on a yearly basis, however, the true scale of data operations today becomes somewhat unnerving.
In May of 2020, IDC reported that 59 zettabytes of data would be consumed over the course of the year. For reference, one zettabyte is the equivalent of 250 billion DVDs worth of data. To make matters worse, the majority of that data is considered to be unstructured, that is, captured and stored against no particular data model.
Well, just because this growing amount of data is unstructured doesn’t mean that it is useless. All data captured can provide value to businesses in helping shape their decision-making, even if it doesn’t fit a prescribed model.
The problem often faced in this situation, though, is how can companies leverage their massive amounts of unstructured data in a way that also complies with their budget?
Rethinking Storage through Data Management
For many, when faced with growing amounts of data, structured or otherwise, the first response may be to simply buy more storage. Although this approach helps companies accommodate for more data accumulation, it doesn’t address the root issue. It’s like if your apartment keeps getting cluttered with items — do you rent a bigger apartment, or should you find a way to manage and organize your belongings that frees up floor space and helps you better use them at the same time?
If you ask Kumar Goswami and the rest of his team at Komprise, they’ll tell you to go with the latter. Goswami is Komprise’s CEO and co-founder, and a major proponent of treating all data differently. By understanding your data and how it can benefit you in the long run, he claims, you can ultimately make better decisions while saving money in the process.
Komprise Intelligent Data Management
Komprise’s Intelligent Data Management platform is built on the same foundation. The Komprise platform allows IT practitioners to take a top-down view of their data as a whole, using analytics to evaluate data at-will across multiple different clouds, NAS devices, and data centers.
When talking about one case where a pharmaceutical company needed a method to archive and access all of their lingering data, Goswami gives a miraculous figure. Within 90 days, the cost benefits that the company reaped by leveraging Komprise outweighed the costs they spent by implementing it. With a return on investment like that, it’s no wonder that Komprise is radically transforming the enterprise data space.
To learn more about this story, watch the recorded video where a Pfizer storage director discusses his cold data strategy with representatives from Komprise and AWS.
Personally, I’m gobsmacked by the potential of unlocking so much value with one product that it literally pays for itself. Add on the future benefits that unstructured data accessibility can provide, and it seems like an intelligent data management system, such as Komprise’s, marks a bright future for cloud storage.
Komprise recently participated in Storage Field Day 22. See what delegates had to say in this roundtable video from the event.