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Compression for Data Management
Gavin Toovey 270006F8U2 firstname.lastname@example.org |
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IT managers struggle with data management. The challenges are not new, however, they are growing exponentially as (i) operations across all lines of the business are generating more information and (ii) organisations come to realise that within this data exists an opportunity to obtain a competitive edge.
In parallel with these developments, we have witnessed an evolution in the approaches employed for data management. I recall a time when IT managers would lead a process of consciously selecting what data to keep and which to discard. As storage solutions developed further, and the cost of storage declined, we witnessed a gradual evolution toward the current state where organisations keep all of their data. This is a short-term fix and one that now presents a challenge as the enormity of data increases further and legacy storage systems reach their capacity. Obviously, more intelligent data management methods are required.
One such method is Compression for Data Management. Keith Thuerk an IBM Storage Solution Architect has written a great blog entry on this topic. Keith provides an excellent overview of some the advantages that can be accessed through compression. The complete blog post as it appeared on developerWorks is provided below:
Think back, how has IT evolved over your career and over back over the past 30 years if applicable. Now narrow down that focus to just Data Management techniques. Its easy to forget that enterprises used to go to great lengths to determine what data had value and which did not; this was a very expensive approach to data management. Now fast forward to the present and you can see that the IT pendulum has swung the other direction and today enterprises keep all data regardless of type or value, hence; the Big Data problem.
It is safe to say, that IT continues to struggle with Data Management. It is understandable that there is not just a single method to solve all the issues for Data Management. IBM brings many solutions to the Data Management solution offerings on sure offering is through compression technology. You might ask how does compression help w/ Data Management?
Compression brings efficiency to your data storage in the Block & File space by shrinking the data sets which directly impact the total storage footprint. Let's break that down even further, compression directly impacts power and cooling budgets by allowing enterprises to store less data in the end an enterprise need less storage gear.
Which when translated into business terms means savings in power and cooling spending. Putting another perspective on it, think about how tight your data center real estate is getting - compression can help your enterprise today! By reducing storage footprints that allows the data center real estate to be utilized by some other technology.
Did you know that you can download a FREE IBM tool to help you better understand how compression will impact do data sets? The tool is called Comprestimator and you can download your copy here to run against your own data!
Want to learn more about the IBM Compression offerings look back at a Blog I wrote in June of '12.
Gavin has over 20 years’ experience in the Global IT industry and is presently the Sales Lead and Product Line Manager for the IBM Entry and Mid Range Storage portfolio of products for Australia and New Zealand.