IT Analyst Forrester Warns Data Explosion Increasing Compliance Gap

Aug 26, 2008

According to a new report by analysts Forrester Research, businesses are exposing themselves to increasing operational risk and costs because of inadequate database archiving strategies. Archive store specialists Clearpace say that this adds to an increasing body of evidence that shows it is critical that IT managers place the same priority on the long term retention and retrieval of structured data, as they do on managing email and document archives. Report highlights include: 50% annual growth is reported in online transactional data and repositories; 27% of enterprises surveyed have 50 or more terabyte production databases; 64% of enterprises surveyed have over half of their databases on costly tier 1 storage; and 20% of data centre infrastructure spend is to support data growth. According to Forrester's survey, the top two drivers of archiving strategies were regulatory compliance and business requirements.