Post pandemic the growth of digital data is unprecedented, particularly unstructured data which includes documents such as text / office files, images, audio and video files.
When we started Storage Made Easy we were dealing with Terabytes of data, which quickly moved to low end Petabytes. Now we deal with customers who are mid to high end Petabytes with the very large customers talking about how to move to Exabyte storage.
Hybrid Storage Architectures are a combination of private and public cloud data resources. The pandemic accelerated many companies to shift at least some data to the latter but most enterprise companies that we deal with have a combination of the two. A 2020 report by Flexera on the ‘state of the cloud’ shows that 93% of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy and 87% have, in development, a hybrid cloud strategy.
An interesting chat with David Horrigan from the 451 Research Group confirmed what I had suspected for a while, that for most companies, large and small, Information Governance, as an IT initiative it still does not feature very highly on their agenda.
Although information governance is a pre-requisite for certain industry vertical such as legal and medical, companies tend to try and solve specific point issues rather than implementing an information governance framework. Examples of these are Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) or Mobile Device Management (MDM) policies that whilst in some cases needed, is only one example of the disciplines around information that is required.
There is no doubt Enterprise IT has changed forever over the last two to three years. Even companies who had a “not on cloud” strategy are being forced to re-assess given the economics / ROI that public cloud brings.
Enterprise IT finds itself in a position whereby they have to deal with information silos that can not only be on public cloud services such as Google Drive and Office 365, but also on services such as BaseCamp, SalesForce, and the many other SaaS services that stores content.
Coupled with this is ‘Shadow IT’ and ‘Bring your Own Cloud’, in which company content can easily find its way onto personal users devices and consumer clouds.