Tiered storage will help accommodate big data.

Managing big data with tiered storage

Stephen Perkins

The growth in big data has been talked about many times over the past two years. Many people believe it is just hype, while others are experiencing it firsthand

Particularly, the majority of business in nearly all verticals can testify to this trend. The accumulation of data is not only important for business continuity, but also for improving client relationships and utilizing collected information for analysis that can drive innovation.

Local storage hardware may be suitable enough for certain file types, but storing all company data onsite or in portable hard drives can expose businesses to a host of risks when the time comes for recovery.

Big data and the demand for greater storage capacities has required data backup and recovery vendors to implement solutions that can balance both of these requirements. One way this has been done is through tiered storage, which organizes storage needs based on location and priorities. Tiers are transparent to end users since the distribution of data is seamless. Server backups that are highly scalable and have large storage capacities essentially act as a bottomless file server for users.

The latest statistics regarding data growth seemingly provide enough evidence to suggest that the explosion in big data is just in the early stages. Storage has become the fastest growing line item for data center budgets, according to ReadWrite contributor Brian Profffitt.

"It is easy to see 'data' and start thinking 'big data' – with all the attendant analytics, application development and magic pixie-dust that big data hype will usually bring," Proffitt wrote. "But even regular data needs – the kind that just needs to be stored for business, backup or disaster recovery reasons – must be managed."

While cost and flexibility are the main factors influencing most businesses, the seamlessness of tiered storage has also proven beneficial to companies and especially to IT managers.

As the environment surrounding big data evolves, companies will increasingly need the right tools to manage even ordinary, everyday data – information that is critical for continuity and growth.

Categories: Cloud Backup, Data Management, Data Protection, Disaster Recovery, Online Backup, Server Backup