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ketan_shah | 14 Jul 2013 | 1 comment

data insight.jpgDark Data.

The term may sound ominous and mysterious, like something out of deep space. Analyst firm Gartner defines dark data as "the information assets organizations collect, process and store during regular business activities, but generally fail to use for other purposes. Similar to dark matter in physics, dark data often comprises most organizations' universe of information assets."

Today we are announcing Symantec Data Insight 4.0 to help IT administrators take back control of dark data. Lack of insight into this information is due to the rapid growth of unstructured dark data, which is generally poorly managed and stored. Many data centers literally have petabytes of unstructured...

TrevorD | 09 Jan 2013 | 1 comment

There is little doubt about the value of information to businesses of all sizes. In fact, some of our recent research found that worldwide spending on business information is $1.1 Trillion – enough money to buy an iPad for every worker in the world. Information is the life blood of any organization, and often its biggest asset. While electronically stored information (ESI) is most often an asset, it can also be a liability depending on how much it costs to store, if it is retained indefinitely, and especially if information that is no longer needed is inadvertently distributed outside of the organization.

It is necessary for companies to have an information retention plan to manage this...

John_Brigden | 27 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

Imagine half the value of your business being buried out of sight; or that value residing on the devices your employees took home at night, possibly to be lost or damaged. It’s a sobering thought—and one that’s all too real in today’s digital world.

According to the Symantec 2012 State of Information Report, almost half (46 percent) of an organisation’s information is being stored outside of its own data centre on devices beyond the corporate firewall. That could be anything from confidential customer information and sales opportunities, to crucial emails and financial reports. This ‘information sprawl’ is like setting a match to your business.

In the report, information sprawl was identified as the...

Brian Dye | 15 Jan 2012 | 0 comments

All around us we see examples of the balance between control and freedom. Too much governmental control means you have little say in your life, but too little results in anarchy. Children need structure to keep from running wild, but provide too much and they fail to develop key social and other life skills.

This same tug-of-war plays out when it comes to managing corporate information. Employees usually want to be able to access information anywhere, on any device, with infinite retention. The business typically wants to keep that information locked down to prevent loss of customer data and resulting brand damage. Legal in many cases wants to minimize information retention to reduce long term liability. Complicating this situation is that all three groups look at “the information” in different ways, and in many cases have poor visibility to the information altogether.

Striking the right balance between freedom and control, between retention and...

Brian Dye | 16 Dec 2011 | 0 comments

More than ever, archiving is a vital part of how a company manages its information, both to save money on storage and prepare for eDiscovery or other investigations. In the past, most businesses have focused archiving efforts on archiving on-premise data sources, especially email. Organizations today need to archive a large variety of data sources, including email, documents and communications that may reside in the cloud (such as social media content). Organizations are looking for vendors who cannot only archive from the cloud but who offer a choice of deploying the archive itself on-premise, in the cloud or as a hybrid of the two. As such, archiving continues to increase in its importance and is an indispensable tool for information governance as the organization’s information extends beyond the firewall.

Each year Gartner evaluates...