DataGravity has released what it claims to be the first ever storage product combined with big data tools for IT administrators, audit and business users.
The patent-pending Discovery Series flash-optimised array can query file up to 400 formats from text files to Adobe PDF through its HTML5 user interface (UI). IT administrators and business users can see which employees are creating, modifying and reading files in real-time with visualisations on the Discovery Series dashboard.
All personally identifiable information employees might save, like credit card and national insurance numbers, are indexed and flagged on the interface. Users can perform a risk analysis to see who has accessed this personal information and track interactions over time.
The storage and analytics package, the first release from CEO Paula Long's (founder of Dell-acquired EqualLogic) and president John Joseph's storage company, is tapping into the struggle companies are facing with unstructured data, which is costly and often split into departmental silos, rendering it impractical for business insight.
Long and Joseph told ComputerworldUK it is the first on the market to offer a storage and analysis combination for mid-sized companies - offering more value for organisations' spiralling storage costs.
"Getting intelligence from unstructured data has traditionally meant a long, expensive journey and complicated, layered products on top of primary storage. That's not attainable for most mid-market organisations," said Long.
"The future of storage is about much more than just the data container; it's about delivering integrated technology that lets users hear what the data they're storing has to say about their business, and we see that future starting now."
Organisations are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of data visibility, up to the board level. Improved data governance can open up new revenue streams, increase customer satisfaction and reduce costs, aside from better assessing risk, Jim Orr, Information Builders' data governance expert recently wrote in a blog post on ComputerworldUK.
"The unstructured data dilemma is growing, and International Data Corporation (IDC) has been predicting technology would catch up to provide an answer to the market demand," added Laura Dubois, program vice president of storage at IDC.
"The DataGravity approach is transformational in an industry where innovation has been mostly incremental."
While other companies offer similar combined storage and analytics products, like Oracle's Exalytics BI tool, the Discovery Series serves a different purpose. For example, Exalytics is a BI platform, designed for fast structured data analytics for the high end of the market, DataGravity said.
"DataGravity offers a primary storage array for the mid-tier with built in data insights. Our insights are focused on informing the IT Administrator, audit and business user," Long said.
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