What constitutes business-critical data for an enterprise today? A decade ago, the answer would be straightforward: the data associated with business-critical applications such as inventory management, email systems, financials, etc. IT was focused primarily on transforming business processes into efficient electronic workflows. Today, globalization is forcing enterprises to better optimize and personalize workflows to remain competitive (and relevant). As such, enterprise data today is no longer limited only to application-centric state — there is an exponential data growth in a new class of data that I refer to as “activity-related data” — data such as click logs, IoT sensors, supply-chain logistics, and other industry vertical data.The Big Data revolution has democratized the availability of analytics that enterprises are employing to explore and extract patterns, correlations, and other characteristics that can improve their business top-line and bottom-line. This paradigm is also referred to as “data-driven enterprises”. Given the changing face of enterprise data, the emerging solutions in the storage industry are analogous to “old wine in a new bottle” i.e., traditional data management solutions such as backup, DR, tiering, etc., being applied to the new breed of data. To clarify, traditional application-centric data will continue to be critical — the question we [...]
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