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Managing your Unstructured Data with Dell EMC’s Isilon Storage

Stephen Smith, Cloud Practice Director, Iron Bow Technologies

June 15, 2021  |  Data Center


Let’s face it: data is everywhere, all the time. Even before the technical boom that birthed the internet, data was being generated at a dizzying rate. In 2020 alone, every person generated 1.7 megabytes in just one second. Internet users themselves generate about 2.5 quintillion bytes of data each day. And with 95% of businesses citing the need to manage unstructured data as a problem for their business, it’s undeniable that data management is a necessity for success today.

 

The first step in data management is determining which kind of data you have: structured or unstructured. Structured data can be thought of as records (or transactions) in a database environment; for example, rows in a table of a SQL database. It is repetitious, easy to organize, manage and retrieve. Unstructured data can be thought of as data that’s not actively managed in a transactional system; for example, data that doesn’t live in a relational database management system (RDBMS). Types of unstructured data include business documents, digital content or audio, video or image files. 80% of data that exists is unstructured data which begs the question – what do you do with it?

 

Storing your data is the next step in the data management journey and there are lots of ways to store your data and lots of tools that enable you to do so. One example is NetApp’s data storage solution. Theirs is a hardware- and software-based data storage and retrieval system. It responds to network requests from clients and fulfills them by writing data to or retrieving data from its disk array. It provides a modular hardware architecture running the Data ONTAP operating system and WAFL (Write Anywhere File Layout) software. Another data storage tool is from VMware. The company provides several virtualized storage options as part of vSphere, its virtualization platform. vSphere provides two categories of storage models, traditional storage and distributed storage based on the Software-Defined Storage (SDS) paradigm.

 

A third option for data storage is Dell EMC’s Isilon storage. As the industry’s #1 family of scale-out network-attached storage systems, Dell’s data storage solution is designed for demanding enterprise file workloads and customers can choose from all-flash, hybrid and archive NAS platforms. The platform boasts massive scalability to easily go from tens of terabytes to tens of petabytes without disruption and easy management while efficiently consolidating file workloads, cutting costs with 80% utilization, automating tiering and compressing data. Furthermore, Isilon integrates with a choice of cloud services and, with built-in data analytics support, allows customers to unlock data capital to accelerate the digital transformation.

 

With such a powerful and robust tool, some organizations turn to third party integrators to help with platform selection, deployment and management. Iron Bow steps alongside our customers to help them through the process, bringing our decades of industry expertise to narrow down the field of options and help customers determine what is best for them based on their use cases. Then we tailor our deployment to those specific business goals, ensuring that the customer’s investment is optimized and put to use in the best way. Our flexible options for data storage platform assessment, deployment and testing come standard but we also offer the ability for customers to choose between training so that their architects and data scientists are confident in managing the platform on their own or we manage their data storage for them, all the while keeping their business goals in mind. With data management being such a crucial aspect to manage in today’s era of seemingly never ending data, being confident in your data storage platform is a must.

 

For more information on Dell EMC’s Isilon data storage platform, click here. To see how Iron Bow can help your organization with your data storage and management needs, contact us.


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