Data Management Glossary
Bucket sprawl refers to the problem of having a large number of data storage buckets, also known as an object storage bucket, often in cloud data storage environments, that are created and left unused or forgotten over time. This can happen when individuals or teams create buckets for specific projects or tasks, but fail to properly manage and delete them once they are no longer needed.
What is a Cloud Bucket?
A cloud bucket is a container for storing data objects in cloud storage services such as Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, or Microsoft Azure Storage. Cloud buckets can hold a variety of data types including images, videos, documents, and other files.
Cloud buckets are typically accessed and managed through an API or web-based interface provided by the cloud storage provider. They offer a scalable and cost-effective way to store and retrieve large amounts of data, and can be used for a variety of applications including backup and disaster recovery, content delivery, and web hosting.
Cloud buckets provide a number of benefits over traditional on-premises data storage solutions, including ease of use, cost-effectiveness, scalability, and availability. However, it is important to properly manage and secure cloud buckets to ensure that sensitive data is protected and costs are kept under control.
The Problem with Cloud Bucket Sprawl
Cloud bucket sprawl can lead to a number of issues, including increased data storage costs, decreased efficiency in accessing necessary data, and potential security risks if sensitive information is stored in forgotten or unsecured buckets. To avoid bucket sprawl, it is important to have a system in place for regularly reviewing and managing storage buckets, including identifying and deleting those that are no longer necessary.
Cloud Data Management for Bucket Sprawl
In the blog post: Making Smarter Moves in a Multicloud World, Komprise CEO and cofounder Kumar Goswami introduced Komprise cloud data management capabilities this way:
It gives customers a better way to manage their cloud data as it grows, (combat “bucket sprawl”), gives visibility into their cloud costs, and provides a simple way to manage data both on premises and in the cloud. Komprise now provides enterprises with actionable analytics to not only understand their cloud data costs but also optimize them with data lifecycle management.