More and more data is being created at the edge these days, and organizations with these small sites are faced with unique challenges when it comes to gathering, processing and managing that data. These challenges range from being located in remote or harsh locations, to having dozens to thousands of sites to manage, to bandwidth and latency issues, to having little to no technical support on-site.
In addition, organizations at the edge are now regularly bringing in massive amounts of unstructured data, and struggle with determining which files should be kept or removed. A file that might seem useless initially may be of great value later on. These organizations need intelligent storage solutions that can automatically identify, separate, and store their data to the appropriate tiers of storage.
Organizations that are dealing with edge computing can benefit greatly from the implementation of active archive solutions. They enable intelligent processing of data at the edge, allow for quick decisions and future insights, and provide for fast retrieval of data. They also allow for data to be moved from the edge to the proper storage tier — in the cloud or at a central data center — based on expected use, value, and policy. With the amount of unstructured data continuing to grow, and the potential high future value of video, images, audio, and other data, an active archive solution is an incredibly viable option for the edge.
Interested in learning more? Check out this blog from the Active Archive Alliance, written by StorMagic’s Jim Porter, “The Edge is Where IT’s At.”