Guest Column | June 3, 2014

The Future Of Storage: Giving Data A Voice

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By Joe Paquet, vice president of vendor alliance and relations for Axis Business Solutions

The storage industry is evolving — moving from providing a place where data resides to enabling organizations to leverage insights from data to make better business decisions. Joe Paquet of Axis Business Solutions, a DataGravity partner, explains where the industry is now, and where it’s going

Q: What do you see as the future of the storage industry?

Paquet: Storage is currently a place where data resides, but it has the potential to be much more. As organizations store more data — structured and unstructured — companies need new functionality to manage it. Smarter storage solutions will extract intelligence from data and take storage to the next level. These solutions will no longer just store data; they will give data a voice. Organizations will be able to leverage the insights from their stored data to make more informed business decisions. For example, companies will now be able to answer questions related to compliance, governance, customers, employees, operations, and more. Questions can include: “Are there any social security numbers stored in our system that should not be there?” or “Who has accessed this file relating to the impending acquisition?”

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