Organizations are storing more data than ever. With over 80 percent of an organization’s data being unstructured data, larger organizations can be storing petabytes of word processing files, spreadsheets, presentations, media, and other files that need to be secured, moved, deleted, or archived. The challenge is doing so efficiently as large-scale operations.
Network admins and Line-of-Business Data Owners have myriad reasons to take action on unstructured data. Whether it’s moving data to secure locations to meet compliance objectives, migrating data in a server consolidation project, cleaning up ROT files, or archiving project files, the objective is to do so efficiently and without a lot of manual effort.
Aligning the objectives of network administrators and Line-of-Business Data Owners can be challenging. The former wants ample storage capacity, the cleanup of unnecessary files, an optimized network storage infrastructure, and to meet compliance requirements. The latter wants assurance that files – especially those that are vital to the department – are available for access by authorized personnel.
Moving large amounts of data at once can be challenging enough, but maintaining all of the metadata, permissions, and file structure makes it even more so. IT departments not only need a reporting tool that identifies, based on their criteria, which files to migrate, but one that creates a workload file for doing so. Furthermore, these IT departments need an action engine that can take that workload file and implement the migration.