How to overcome the challenges with unstructured data when moving to the Cloud of your choice.
When embarking on a journey to the Cloud, it is important from a cost perspective to analyze the unstructured data, and then decide what needs to be done.
What is unstructured data?
Structured data relates to all data stored in databases, while unstructured data includes individual files, such as PDF, Word, MP3, PowerPoint, Social Media files and log files.
Unstructured data does not have a fixed data model and is not ordered in a predefined manner.
What are the characteristics of unstructured data?
Research has shown that this unstructured data often represents a very large portion of the total amount of data within a company.
Unstructured data is known to represent on average 70-80 % of the total data.
In addition, this data grows much faster than structured data, just think of the rise of the rich content of social media.
Why is it important to gain insight into the unstructured data?
As a consequence of this enormous amount of data, it has become increasingly difficult to gain insight into the age, content, location, and quality of this data.
Often there will also be data present from users, who are no longer working for the organization at all.
Prior to a migration to the Cloud, it is imperative to analyze what one actually has in store of this data and how it is distributed to department, users, and age.
In this respect, it is imperative to distinguish between data that is important and data that has less value for the primary business processes but still needs to be available.
The Solution that provides an instantaneous overview of the current data distribution.
A good solution to shed clarity on the existing data management is offered by Komprise.
Komprise provides a 100% software solution, which can be installed within 15-30 minutes, after which the age and distribution of the unstructured data files become clear at a glance.
The image below illustrates this very clearly. The user interface shows the lifespan of the data as well as an estimate of how the unstructured data consumption will develop, based on the analysis of the existing data.
By now selecting the Cloud provider on the left side and indicating with a slider which part of the data should be migrated to the Cloud, the system immediately indicates the Total Cost of Ownership on the basis of commonly known averages from the industry.
These values can obviously be adapted to the specific customer situation. Savings in the region of 70 % can be attained.
The Total Cost of Ownership
Once the Business Case has been determined and verified, the unused unstructured data can be transferred to Cold Storage of a Cloud provider of your choice. The Cloud provider of choice then takes care of the backup of the unstructured data, which can then be done per region, or within the availability zones. This of course by properly setting the configuration of the Cloud Provider.
The migration process
The entire migration process takes place in the background and has no influence on the users and applications as meta data, file permissions and access controls are preserved during the migration.
Komprise resiliently moves your data and handles failures automatically, so your data migrations run reliably, which allows you to run the migration process fully automated.
In addition, there is no customer “lock-in” because the data can also be migrated back at all times.
In the following is a short movie that shows in less than 2 minutes the power of this solution.
If interested, a free demo can be organized to gain insight into your data distribution.You may very well be surprised by the results !
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