Your business stores large amounts of data, much of which is controlled by statute or regulation. Whether it's personally identifiable information (PII), protected health information (PHI), financial records or credit card numbers, the longer you’re in business, the more people that you serve, the greater amount of data you have. This data resides on laptops, desktops and servers, often without simple protections in place to thwart attempted hacks or without backup in place in the event of a natural disaster, loss or theft.
This data needs to be stored in a manner that makes it retrievable, usable and secure, so it’s important you have a data construct designed specifically around your needs. Cayfour has some of the best data architects in the world who will look at your business and will design the best data storage system to serve your needs and grow with your business.
On Prem or Cloud
There are different storage options, including whether you store your data on premises (on prem) or in the cloud. If data is stored on prem, you’ll need to consider additional security needs, access control, and when to move data into long-term storage, as opposed to short-term storage where you can access it quickly and easily. In many cases, Cayfour will recommend cloud-based storage because of the decreasing price of long-term storage, the ability to build in security to your storage design, and the availability of numerous storage solutions. We’ll find the best price and best service for your particular business.
"Between the dawn of civilization and 2003, we only created five exabytes; now we're creating that amount every two days. By 2020, that figure is predicted to sit at 53 zettabytes (53 trillion gigabytes) -- an increase of 50 times." -- Hal Varian, Chief Economist at Google.
And IBM found that humans now create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data daily; that's the equivalent of about half a billion HD movie downloads.
The growth of structured versus unstructured data over the past decade shows that unstructured data accounts for more than 90% of all data
(Source: EE Times)