Why do I need data storage analytics?

Every day, we all see our respective data storage growing exponentially. And with that, there is only one outcome: spending more money. It’s this all-too-common reality that brings us to the ultimate question: why do I need data storage analytics?

The answer is simple. As for the solution, well, we’ll get to that.

First, there is the issue of freeing up storage—both a holy grail and a red herring, all wrapped up in technological bits and bytes. Everyone strives to free up storage, all to then fill it immediately, again and again. How much time do you spend finding duplicate files or searching unused data to figure out what to delete and what to archive? It’s a treadmill that never stops. 

Then there is the issue of project-associated usage. Simply put, if I asked you right now if you knew the total space used for each of your projects, would you actually know the answer?

For most people, the answers to the questions above are often avoided entirely—and rightfully so. They only pertain to pain and complexity, often solved by one thing and one thing only: breaking down and buying more storage. Don’t get me wrong, storage is my bread and butter—please buy as much as you need! In all seriousness though, I never want to see people buy storage from us when they potentially still have tons of unidentified capacity at their disposal.

So here we are, back to the solution. What is required is a turnkey solution that saves time, optimizes storage limits, and delivers insights that enable better control of storage infrastructure costs. And yes, we have that solution. 

Our BI & Analytics—a component of our WorkflowConnect Platform—is designed for users to easily navigate and discover files located anywhere in the storage infrastructure. Simply put, it represents a centralized view of storage, and displays intelligent patterns that could potentially be costing thousands of dollars in extra yearly storage costs. 

Better yet, duplicate files or documents that go unused for more than six months are automatically identified—to be dealt with as you see fit. 

More so, the dashboard delivers quick yet actionable overviews of the largest storage variations, most active projects, file utilization, duplicated files, and more. And while you’re at it, access your content anywhere at any time with the responsive web design that works seamlessly on your phone, tablet and computer. 

But there is far more to discuss. We also know that users need to find folders and files faster, no matter where they are stored. Our advanced search engine solves that problem. In fact, users can sort and find data based on intelligent insights and metadata, and use charts to easily filter search. From there, you can download your search result as a CSV file, and even create custom lists from our tagging feature for future searches. 

Lastly, there is what we refer to as the “project approach” to data management. Our solution provides a project-wide view of all the files related to it—even ones that may be scattered across multiple storage including SAN, NAS, and DAS.

Here’s the deal. I’m honestly not a fan of just slinging products via articles, but as data continues to grow, I want to make sure that people know there is a viable, industry-specific option for them to choose from. This solution will immediately enable users to federate data from different storage units, visualize each project’s allocated space, accurately account for cost, and more. 

At the end of the day, why do you need data storage analytics? Because everyone deserves the ability to effectively and intelligently manage their business. And yes, I can even prove the value. Try it—I can guarantee you’ll appreciate it.