Managing Unstructured Data
by Jaap van Duijvenbode on May 31, 2018
Data is the cornerstone of an enterprise. It shapes the evolution of corporations and dictates international investments. Unfortunately, many global organizations don’t have a good handle on their data, much less a solid plan for managing it. Most IT firms will suggest more storage, and services to manage it. After all, as the volume of data grows, more storage is required (which comes with more management). However, that’s not a solution, it’s a temporary fix. There’s a limit to how much storage can be expanded before it’s more burden than benefit.
Islands of Data
As data grows in volume, it becomes isolated in enterprise offices around the globe. The fact is that users create and aggregate data—and they want it easily accessible to them, which often means “right next to me.” These isolated sets of data are what we call “islands of data.” These islands are collections of data that cannot be easily shared across an organization, are seldom managed properly, and are largely limited to the location in which they are stored.
Consolidating these islands is equally impossible, due to the laws of physics. The simple fact is that distance equals latency, and latency equals both poor performance and network instability—two things users won’t tolerate. For many organizations, consolidation creates more problems than it solves. At least, when they use traditional storage consolidation and organization methods.
Get Rid of Unstructured Data, the FAST™ Way
No matter how companies handle the continued growth of distributed data, traditional methods will always have a weak link. Whether it’s isolated data, difficulty communicating with a central hub, or poor connectivity limiting access to resources, there’s no perfect solution. Except for Talon FAST™.
Talon FAST™ is more than just a storage software. It’s a plug and play, storage agnostic solution that integrates with your existing infrastructure and software. The best part is you don’t need to invest in extra storage, cloud space, or a faster network. Below are some of the benefits of using Talon FAST™ to manage your unstructured data:
- Intelligent File Caching The FAST™ software only caches what’s necessary at the branch. If your employees need to work on a project, data for that project is stored locally and removed when no longer required.
- Authoritative Central Data Set The FAST™ core instance ensures there’s only one official copy of the data. By using the Intelligent File Caching mentioned above, it’s able to see what changes need to be made to the central copy, and changes are delta differenced back to the central hub once edits are made.
- Global File Locks When a file is accessed, a global file lock is placed to ensure multiple people aren’t working on the file at the same time. If anyone attempts to access the file, they will receive a notification that it’s presently in use.
- Instant File-sharing Rather than wait for slow email transfers, FAST™ allows users to communicate and transfer files in a few seconds, rather than a few minutes. Every branch office will feel as if they’re working on a local LAN network, rather than transferring files across the globe.
These are just a few of the benefits of Talon FAST™. Not only does it solve every challenge faced in enterprise data storage, but it unites international companies in a way that’s never been seen before. If your company is facing mountains of unstructured data, there is a way. Get in contact with the team at Talon and see how we can help.