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Taming the explosion of information with IBM storage solutions

Taming the explosion of information with IBM storage solutions

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Analyst Paper/White Paper on How to Tame the explosion of information with IBM India storage solutions, IBM Global Services
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Taming the explosion ofinformation withIBM storage solutions
IBM Systems and Technology
IBM System Storage
 
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Taming the explosion of information with IBM storage solutions 
Making the most of more information
As the world becomes more interconnected, instrumented andintelligent, the amount of information generated by the people,technologies and objects that populate the planet is swelling tounprecedented proportions. Digital data is being generated inmind-boggling amounts—15 petabytes, or more than eighttimes the information contained in all U.S. libraries, every singleday.
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This growth shows no signs of stopping. Data volumes ingeneral are doubling every 18 to 24 months.
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At least one indus-try analyst expects annual worldwide information growth rates of 50 to 100 percent to be the norm as businesses and economiesrecover.
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And in just three years, the world’s annual IP traffic isexpected to total more than half a zettabyte.
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(That’s a trilliongigabytes—or a one followed by 21 zeroes.)Dealing with that amount of data would be challenging enough;what makes it even more daunting is that information isn’t justgrowing, it’s changing. Organizations are not only dealing withgrowth in structured data that is neatly stored in fields in data-bases. They are increasingly dealing with unstructured data, too.Unstructured data comes from sources like emails, documents,spreadsheets, blogs, web pages, images, audio files and videofiles—and it now constitutes up to 80 percent of data.
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Because itdoesn’t conform to traditional formats, it requires someone orsomething to interpret it in order for it to be transformed intoactionable information that organizations can use.Those who are charged with managing this data face a complexchallenge—one that simultaneously raises issues of how to keepthe cost of data management low while keeping the reliability of information access high. What’s required is an information infra-structure that helps reduce complexity and cost while at the sametime providing reliable access to trusted, up-to-date data. Thatisn’t easy: According to a recent survey conducted by IBM, half of business leaders said they don’t have sufficient informationfrom across their organization to do their jobs; and one-thirdsaid they frequently make major decisions with information they don’t trust, or with incomplete information.
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Only with the rightinfrastructure in place will the right information be reliably available to the people who need it to make the right businessdecisions.
It doesn’t matter if the economy is good or the economy is awful, data growth never abates. It is the one constant thing we deal with.” 
—Steve Duplessie, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group
 
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IBM Systems and Technology
Meeting the challenge withIBM Information Infrastructure solutions
IBM offers an innovative approach to help manage informationgrowth more effectively, with an information infrastructure thatefficiently, securely and cost-effectively stores and protects infor-mation and optimizes information access. IBM InformationInfrastructure solutions can help in three key areas: managingthe information explosion, moving and managing information,and adding capacity without introducing complexity.
Managing the information explosion
To better manage more—and more kinds of—information,IBM Information Infrastructure solutions include storagesystems that are optimized for unstructured data and unpre-dictable workloads. IBM offers the top technologies that enablestorage optimization, including solid-state storage optimization,virtualization, automated failover, and centralized management.IBM makes it easier to manage archiving and retention opera-tions with integrated disk and tape archives, progressive incre-mental backup, and policy-based retention. IBM deduplicationoffers a high level of efficiency that can shrink backup timerequirements significantly. And IBM deduplication, thin provi-sioning, virtualization, space-efficient point-in-time copy,compression, and storage resource management solutions canhelp organizations lower physical storage requirements by up to50 percent.
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Intelligently moving and managing information
Today’s smarter systems require continuous, reliable access toinformation, wherever it resides. To help ensure this, theIBM Information Infrastructure includes optimized solutionsthat enable the smart movement and management of informa-tion across storage tiers. These solutions are easy to configureand manage, allowing organizations to optimize storage priceand performance without adding administrative complexity.When organizations are able to intelligently move data betweenstorage solutions, they gain specific reliability and cost benefits:
Higher reliability: The ability to shift workloads withoutdisrupting users means fewer disruptions in service, and theability to move active workloads to solid-state service optimizesperformance.
Lower costs: By migrating older information to more efficient,lower-cost storage systems, organizations can reduce storagecosts. They can also control power and cooling requirementswhile expanding throughput and capacity, by moving activedata to solid-state storage and inactive data to low-costSATA or tape.

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