Datadobi’s Updates to StorageMAP Targets Orphaned Data Actionability

The company behind vendor-neutral unstructured data management, Datadobi, is debuting its latest release of StorageMAP, consisting of a variety of improvements particularly targeting orphaned data. StorageMAP, Datadobi’s multi-vendor, multi-cloud data management platform, is a streamlined approach to unstructured data management to declutter and organize an enterprise’s data storage. The 6.2 release for StorageMAP tackles orphan data’s effect on enterprise resources, enabling IT teams to lower cost, carbon footprint, and risk.

As a company, Datadobi has focused on the realm of unstructured data since 2010, providing strategies and methods for enterprises seeking to migrate data and encountering problematic results due to file and object data. For several years, Datadobi specialized in assisting large corporations migrate data to different vendors using their mobility engine, DobiMigrate. StorageMAP, one of the latest products developed by Datadobi, expands upon the organization’s original goals of unstructured data management for enterprises at massive scale. Expanding from data migration, StorageMAP was formulated to become a fully-fledged management system, ranging from data governance to large-scale metadata ingestion and index, according to the vendor.

Orphan data, or data owned by inactive employees still enabled within an enterprise’s infrastructure, can pose an issue to any organization with large employee populations, normal-to-high attrition rates, or those deploying merger and acquisition (M&A) functions. Though orphan data is not necessarily valuable in itself, it represents a vulnerable area within an enterprise’s infrastructure—particularly revolving around liability due to its unknown content.

“Due to the scale and complexity of unstructured data in today’s heterogeneous storage environments, enterprises can easily lose track of orphaned data within networks and open themselves up to excess storage costs and risk,” said Carl D’Halluin, CTO of Datadobi. “StorageMAP’s new capabilities allow for a seamless experience identifying and taking the appropriate action on orphaned data to give IT leaders peace of mind.”

Enter StorageMAP 6.2: built to identify data sets with significant amounts of orphaned data, thus allowing IT teams to gather and organize that data separately from an enterprise’s functions. The following actions are up to those IT leaders: either migrate, archive, or delete that data with StorageMAP, depending on the needs of the organization. Acting on orphaned data is the highlight of StorageMAP’s latest enhancement, revolutionizing the way unstructured data is not only managed, but utilized, according to the vendor. Further features of StorageMAP’s orphaned data capabilities include simplistic and granular reports of top users with orphaned data, as well as search functionality that can encompass an entire data estate. 

“We are definitely entering the age of unstructured data management because many customers have said, ‘it took me a long time to get to a petabyte of data—but once I had one petabyte, I snapped my fingers and now I have five petabytes,’” said Steve Leeper, VP of product marketing and systems engineering at Datadobi. “The modus operandi of ‘just keep buying storage’ does not work—we have to start managing and curating our data, and we need tools like StorageMAP to do it.”

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