Five Data Storage Predictions for 2012 - Slide 6

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Businesses are turning into data hoarders and spending too much time and money collecting useless or bad data, potentially leading to misguided business decisions. This practice can be changed with simple policy decisions and by implementing existing capabilities in technologies that exist in smarter storage, but companies are hesitant to delete any data (and many times duplicate data) due to the fear of needing specific data down the line for business analytics or compliance purposes.

Part of the solution starts with eliminating the copies. Nearly 75 percent of the data that exists today is a copy (IDC). By deleting and disabling redundant information, organizations are investing in data quality and availability for content that matters to the business.

To many IT professionals, the data storage process is considered boring. Issues related to I/O performance will get their attention, but actually managing the storing of data tends to appeal to a narrow subset of the IT community.

IBM, however, says data storage is about to have a breakout year, largely because data is now getting the respect it deserves as a business asset. Here are five macro trends for 2012 that will change the way people think about data storage forever.

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