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Effective management ‘essential in data archiving’

Businesses are increasingly being tasked with the management and storage of larger quantities of information and this means they need to be increasingly savvy when it comes to data archiving practices.

Managing director at data services company bluesource Gavin Camilleri told Information Age how there is predicted to be a 40-times increase in the amount of information being handled annually across the globe between from 2010 to 2020.

This means companies will need to be smarter in the way they both archive their data and analyse key trends to leverage a competitive advantage, with many organisations’ data management policies in need of a considerable overhaul to achieve this.

Mr Camilleri suggested: “Data mapping can be used to catalogue an organisation’s records by business unit and done properly, it provides an in-depth understanding of the nature, type and location of records.

“These retention practices enable users to centrally identify relevant data sources, in a consistent and seamless way.”

He argued that a shift to cloud services is also taking place for many firms at present as a result of the increased level of flexibility in access this provides. However, this does not come without its risks, as increased access means safeguarding essential and confidential data becomes that much more difficult.

A wide array of challenges therefore face IT departments over the coming years in terms of leveraging the best performance from infrastructure, but what is clear is that ensuring these systems are scalable, cost effective and compliant should be at the forefront of all business thinking.

“We urge all organisations to examine the changing information needs of their business and assess how they will adjust the platforms and applications for data storage,” Mr Camilleri concluded.

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From: http://www.krollontrack.co.uk/company/press-room/data-recovery-news/effective-management-essential-in-data-archiving858.aspx

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