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Put Vendor-Neutral Unstructured Data Management on Your To-Do List

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It’s that time of year again…
If you listen closely, you will hear IT organizations grinding their proverbial gears as they hash out an optimal data management strategy to deal with the ever-increasing mountains of invaluable data stacking up in their data centers or in the cloud. In a perpetually growing data-rich, multi-vendor environment, IT is tasked with striking the perfect balance between capitalizing on the enormous business value potential of said data and minimizing the considerable cost, risk and pain involved with potentially insufficient data management solutions for their unstructured data.
With the rapidly evolving store-anywhere enterprise, the lion’s share of IT resources is still being earmarked for generating, storing and serving up data to employees and customers. However, this lopsided approach can put all data chain stakeholders at a disadvantage. Neglecting the need for a more robust data management strategy when dealing with unstructured data is no longer an option.
Given the sheer scale and complexity of today’s heterogeneous storage environments, enterprises must implement comprehensive, agile tools to manage their data quickly, safely and securely across their entire data storage estate, be it on-premises, in the cloud, in a single data center or around the world.
GigaOm recently released a new report, Building a Modern Data Management Strategy, which discusses the key role data management tools are performing when it comes to large enterprise unstructured data management challenges. The report acknowledges the challenges enterprises face when building hybrid and multi-cloud infrastructure and identifies the increasing need for sustainable unstructured data management.
Scrambling to cobble together their own versions of data management tools, storage vendors and cloud providers alike are trying to satisfy the data management need. However, virtually all of them fall short in arguably the most critical element: none are truly vendor-neutral—and that is a game-changer. While many of these tools are touted as being useful across multiple storage systems and clouds, the unfortunate truth is they just aren’t. 
The tools mentioned above may suffice when managing a single storage type from a single vendor. However, with even a mildly complex setup, organizations should seriously consider looking for a dedicated, vendor-neutral data management solution. In addition, often with non-vendor-neutral approaches, a vendor may have a level of ownership of an organization’s data simply because the vendor is providing the solution.
Proper unstructured data management solutions start with knowing the details about every single file that exists on your primary storage system and being able to apply categorization and actions to those files.
At a point in history when unstructured data is inextricably being woven into the fabric of the world’s future modern business model, today’s pursuit of a truly vendor-neutral modern data center, with unlimited store-anywhere capabilities, will undoubtedly lay the foundation for tomorrow’s business success.
Michael Jack has more than 30 years of experience delivering complex IT solutions to companies big and small, with the last 15 years in the data storage industry. During his tenure at EMC, Jack helped to develop Centera into one of the highest quality products in the EMC portfolio. Jack co-founded Datadobi and has helped build it to a highly respected company focusing on unstructured data management.
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