One of the biggest contributors and culprits of the rise in volume of data and storage in the data center is copy data. Copies of production data that are being created to fulfill business needs. According to IDC, copy data will cost IT organizations $50.63 billion by 2018 (60% of the storage budget). Yet IT budgets are increasing on average by 7% per year, which does not keep pace with the rise in costs from the growth of data volumes.
There are more than cost considerations when thinking about copy data though. Copy data sprawl increases the risk of unauthorized access and copies can take days and weeks to create at a time when the business needs access to data on-demand 24x7. It’s no surprise that Copy Data Management is a top priority for 2016 / 2017.
There are several signs that indicate the need to establish a solid Copy Data Management process. The top signs are:
If these signs look familiar you are not alone. The good news is that there are solutions and best practices you can apply to manage copy data more efficiently. When looking to reduce the vast volume of copies of production data and your reliance on a complex, costly, time-consuming process for provisioning copies of production data, consider the following:
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