Big Data, Data Growth—Too much of a good thing

Too much of a good thing typically hurts. Gorging on a second serving of pumpkin pie; guzzling a third hot toddy at the office holiday party; doing dozens of sit-ups as penance for it all. Data is no different despite its obvious value to your business. Most major corporations today rely on real-time information to operate effectively, but the data being collected—Big Data—is growing faster than many companies can manage it. ZDNet, in its October issue, estimated that the amount of data being created globally this year is approximately 2.5 exabytes, or 2.5 billion gigabytes (GB), and doubles every 40 months. In addition, more data crosses the Internet today than was stored on the entire Internet twenty years ago. It’s no wonder then that almost 55 percent of IT managers and system architects across vertical industries believe Big Data is a very significant problem, according to a recent survey by InformationWeek magazine. About 44 percent of respondents indicated that volume of data is their main challenge, often causing unacceptable database response times in their organizations. The explosion of data begs the question: How can companies keep their need for all that data under control? Many companies simply add more disk and accumulate more data necessitating more disk. But the cost of this option can quickly escalate, and most businesses today face tighter resources. Companies instead need a plan that balances their technology investment with methods for better managing data growth. Companies running SAP applications can tackle data volume challenges by employing data archiving strategies. These include archiving from their SAP systems, decommissioning legacy applications and retention. Available solutions not only enable controlling exploding data but need to also ensure always having 100% transparent access to it as well. Consider putting your company on a data diet, because sometimes less is more. For information on managing Big Data in SAP systems, or if you’d like to learn about Dolphin’s Database HealthCheck, click here or email contact@dolphin-corp.com.

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Big Data, Data Growth—Too much of a good thing

Too much of a good thing typically hurts. Gorging on a second serving of pumpkin pie; guzzling a third hot toddy at the office holiday party; doing dozens of sit-ups as penance for it all.

Data is no different despite its obvious value to your business. Most major corporations today rely on real-time information to operate effectively, but the data being collected—Big Data—is growing faster than many companies can manage it.

ZDNet, in its October issue, estimated that the amount of data being created globally this year is approximately 2.5 exabytes, or 2.5 billion gigabytes (GB), and doubles every 40 months. In addition, more data crosses the Internet today than was stored on the entire Internet twenty years ago.

It’s no wonder then that almost 55 percent of IT managers and system architects across vertical industries believe Big Data is a very significant problem, according to a recent survey by InformationWeek magazine. About 44 percent of respondents indicated that volume of data is their main challenge, often causing unacceptable database response times in their organizations.

The explosion of data begs the question: How can companies keep their need for all that data under control?

Many companies simply add more disk and accumulate more data necessitating more disk. But the cost of this option can quickly escalate, and most businesses today face tighter resources. Companies instead need a plan that balances their technology investment with methods for better managing data growth.

Companies running SAP applications can tackle data volume challenges by employing data archiving strategies. These include archiving from their SAP systems, decommissioning legacy applications and retention. Available solutions not only enable controlling exploding data but need to also ensure always having 100% transparent access to it as well.

Consider putting your company on a data diet, because sometimes less is more.

For information on managing Big Data in SAP systems, or if you’d like to learn about Dolphin’s Database HealthCheck, click here or email contact@dolphin-corp.com.