You have heard it all before. Enterprise data is growing at rates only Uber’s valuation can keep up with. Within the chaos of governing all this new information, along with legacy information, lies opportunity and if you are lucky, value, cost, and risk savings.
The common response we get from practitioners is, “We know we have a problem, but we do not know what to do or where to start.” As the conversation continues, we typically soon hear the same initial hurdle. They do not fully understand the totality of their information assets; where they are, and how to govern them according to ever increasing information regulations.
Much of this information glut comes in the form of unstructured data. You can all probably imagine, buried in the bowels of enterprise IT infrastructure, lies a mass of non-relevant ‘dark data’ (in some cases upwards of 70%) likely including personal vacation photos, iTunes libraries, and six copies of that powerpoint you had trouble opening the other day.
It sits in the shadows of your organization, and much like the classic ball and chain, follows you everywhere. How ever you slice it, it is costing you time, money, and exposing you to unnecessary risk.
In an effort to supply a more seamless transition for forward thinking organizations looking to more closely manage their information assets, we have recently released a series of major updates to our core product offering allowing for not only the illumination of dark data, but the ability to take relevant and meaningful business actions on that data through a single pane of glass.
Here is an excerpt from the related press release:
Infobelt’s v2.2.0 utilizes a simple and scalable solution to the use-case of illuminating Electronically Stored Information (ESI). Built around the understanding that storage management software will need to be flexible and robust and have the ability to interoperate with a variety of different platforms. That being said, let’s take a look at the summary of a three feature builds which allow IAP to visualize unorganized data.
IAP has a new tool that allows a user to point at an email container file and look inside to see the inbox structure as well as all of the messages inside. The tool shows the user all of the different folders, such as inbox, deleted items, junk, sent mail, etc. and lets the user click on a message to view it on the screen. The email message appears in its native format with the images and HTML intact, exactly how the owner of that email would have seen it.
One of the information visualizer tools is the metadata visualizer list. This tool allows the user to point to an information source and view the files inside. This helps illuminate “dark data” by giving the user a look into what types of files are on the IS and exposes a lot of object metadata. The user can page through all of the individual objects that are found, or filter by file type, size, created date, and last modified date in order to drill down into a specific set of files.
Metadata Visualizer Map
This tool allows the user to view the files on an information sourcein a graphical way. The map shows different sized blocks that correspond to different file types. The larger the block, the more files of that type exist in the IS. The map allows lists on each section how many files of that type exist in the IS. The file type view is the default, but the user can view the data map based on file size, created date, or last modified date ranges. If these views are not specific enough, the user can create an overlay, which is a sort of custom filter. The user can create an overlay that examines file path, file name, created date, last modified date, size and full text. The full text filter actually allows the user to specify a value that can be any text term and IAP will find files that contain those terms and create an overlay to highlight those as well. This feature is fully functional for the Information Source as well as the archive store. The use can select projects that have not been archived as well as projects that have been archived.
We’re taking submissions for topic discussions during our upcoming February webinar! Are you challenged with eDiscovery? Email archiving? Legacy app retirement? Let us know by commenting below and we’ll address those challenges in our webinar!