CommVault Tackles The Dark Data Problem

An unpleasant byproduct of the inexorable data explosion is that the storage repositories in enterprises are bulging with neglected, unwanted and unneeded data that has no value. More importantly, the problem with what some call “dark data” is going to get worse. Reference Copy, recently added to CommVault’s Simpana software platform, illustrates one way in which to address this problem.
First, let’s take a closer look at dark data. In its IT Glossary, Gartner defines dark data “as the information assets organizations collect, process and store during regular business activities, but generally fail to use for other purposes (for example, analytics, business relationships and direct monetizing).” Gartner also notes, “Dark data often comprise most organizations’ universe of information assets … Storing and securing data typically incurs more expense (and sometimes greater risk) than value.”

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