Rawlinson Rivera, CTO Global Field of Cohesity
Over the last several years, I have seen that enterprises have been slow to make significant changes to their legacy IT infrastructure, even after it has become too outdated and inflexible to meet the demands of modern business processes.
This has been especially true with infrastructure that handles so-called secondary workloads — use cases that are not mission-critical but serve important functions like backup, disaster recovery, test and development, and analytics.
Companies that address infrastructure challenges before they grow out of control can achieve significant advantages over competitors that fail to do so. Today the greatest challenge is mass data fragmentation across secondary workloads.
Secondary workloads have created an enormous sprawl of data scattered across different locations, trapped in separate infrastructure silos, and buried unseen in different point solutions. This fragmentation leads to major problems including compliance risks and the inability to extract value from the data. It also creates major management challenges for already overburdened IT staff.
In order to overcome mass data fragmentation, enterprises need to consolidate and simplify their infrastructure so that they can easily manage growing data volumes, cut overall IT costs, and extract more value from their data.
Companies that continue to rely on a complex web of point solutions and siloed infrastructures will ultimately find themselves overwhelmed by data management tasks and compliance risks.