In a couple of reports Veritas suggests that IT organizations are on track to waste more than $3.3 trillion by 2020 on storing data they don’t need.
Veritas’ Vanson Bourne said that based on a survey of 2,550 IT executives, the vast amount of data being stored is redundant, obsolete or trivial or as “dark data” whose value is unknown and may include business-critical data.
The number of employees using corporate networks for their personal use is growing, leading to more types of files, such as personal legal and ID documents (62 per cent), photos (60 per cent) or non-approved software (27 per cent) being stored at work. Due to this growth, 45 per cent of respondents in the U.S. say they are worried about employees being careless with how they handle company data.
All this creates an opportunity for solution providers across the channel is to provide managed services that pay for themselves by reducing the amount of data that needs to be stored and ultimately secured.
Veritas has a few suggestions for what types of files those managed service providers should be looking to outright delete or archive.