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Data crisis looms as Oracle warns of overload

By Matt Warman, Daily Telegraph Consumer Technology Editor


‘Exponential growth’ in data will cause a major problem for storage and processing, the President of Oracle has warned.

Mark Hurd said that “Data is growing exponentially – in some cases by 35% to 40% a year. This is causing big problems for our customers and tremendous economic pressure.”

He warned that growth in data demands from smartphones, laptops and sensors meant that by 2016 there would be three times as many devices connected to the internet as there are people on the planet and that there would be an 18-fold increase in mobile data traffic.

Where do you plan to keep all your data?

Big data means big storage. The problem is that too many businesses are outgrowing their data storage capacity and have little idea how to address the issue.

“The hottest technologies in the channel today are storage and backup – two products/services that essentially ensure mission-critical, archived and unstructured data can be called upon when needed,” said Larry Walsh on Channelomics.

Processing data is already big business. According to Deloitte, total enterprise software sales this year will top $270 billion, with approximately one-quarter of those sales going to Big Data, enterprise resource management and business intelligence.

How can data centre managers keep their cool?

The thing about data centres is that they are a bit heavy on the energy front. Not good from an environmental point of view and, as energy costs rise, not good from a profit and loss perspective either.

It’s a major issue for centre managers as they grapple with keeping their cool while meeting both their financial and eco expectations.

When Paul Curran reported on the forum recently that water was one again being used as a basis for cooling projects, it provoked some interesting debate.

How can you store all that data?

Storage, it seems, is starting to take centre stage when it comes to the list of greatest concerns among IT professionals. The problem appears to be twofold: the amount of data is growing significantly and the cost of storing it is not dropping very fast.


According to Oracle’s Big Data Business Challenges report, 94% of C-level executives say their organisation is collecting and managing more business information today than two years ago, by an average increase of 86%.


Have you considered backing up your data in the Cloud?

 The Cloud is where today’s end users expect to store and share their digital content – after all, they already use iTunes and Dropbox. What’s more, cloud services generally make sense for mobility initiatives and those involving non-mission-critical data. And cloud storage is easy to set up, right?

Well, not exactly. At one time, it meant simple drive substitutes like SkyDrive and iDisk file hosting services, but today there are endless solutions on offer as vendors respond to diverse consumer and business needs – and that’s created confusion. Let’s face it, there’s a world of difference between using bulk cloud storage as an alternative to off-site tape or online data repository for distributed apps – as opposed to having a cloud service replace your entire backup infrastructure: software, hardware, tape library and staff.