The Top Three Challenges in Data Storage
While more data means more opportunities for analytics and insight, the sheer volume of data collected and stored by companies also creates challenges. Three of the most pressing are security, complexity and efficiency.
- With cyberattacks a matter of when, not if, companies need storage security frameworks that focus on cyber resilience. According to Ben Jastrab, director of storage product marketing at Dell Technologies, “this is such a big topic, and such an important one. Every company in every industry is worried.” Using a zero-trust framework based on principles of least privilege and advanced detection technologies can help companies pinpoint storage attacks and minimize the damage done.
- Increased complexity also is a challenge for storage. From purchasing, maintaining and replacing physical hardware to implementing, monitoring and upgrading storage software, it’s easy for IT teams to get stuck in the status quo. “Companies have more things to manage than ever,” says Jastrab. “To make the most of storage, they need to automate operations.”
- More data and less time. Higher costs and lower returns. Bigger expectations and smaller pools of skilled staff. These common challenges share a unifying thread: efficiency. If companies can improve the efficiency of storage solutions, they’ll be better equipped to navigate the evolving storage landscape. “Everyone is asked to do more with less these days, but hiring enough skilled IT staff is a challenge,” Jastrab says. He also highlights the rising costs of energy: “Over the past 12 to 18 months, these costs have increased significantly. Companies are looking to modernize their data storage to reduce footprint, power and cooling costs.”
Consider recent data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, which predicts that wholesale electricity prices will be 20 percent to 60 percent higher this winter than in 2022. As storage volumes skyrocket, companies need a way to minimize physical footprints and reduce energy costs.