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Unstructured Data Growth Fueling Massive Migration to Object Storage

It's no secret that unstructured data is growing at astronomical rates, contributing to the big data deluge that's sweeping across enterprise data storage environments. A new study from Western Digital and 451 Research sheds some new light on the scale of the challenge that storage administrators face each day and how it's fueling the object storage boom.

A 451 Research survey of 200 technology decision makers and influencers, sponsored by Western Digital, reveals that a majority of enterprises (63 percent) and service providers are managing storage capacities of 50 petabytes (PB) or more. More than half of that of that data falls under the unstructured category, existing outside of databases and within files, multimedia content and other formats.

Service providers are particularly being inundated with unstructured data. They reported annual growth rates of 60 to 80 percent, compared to 40 to 50 percent for enterprise users.

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http://www.enterprisestorageforum.com/storage-management/unstructured-data-growth-fueling-massive-migration-to-object-storage.html