By Rodd Johnson
Over the course of that few years, unstructured data growth has seemingly outpaced even the tightly estimated IT capacity plans. Almost oblivious to the economic downturn, end users seem unable to quench their addiction to all things unstructured. With all the advances in technology, operating systems and applications, the growth curve of unstructured data has paralleled the growth and the complexity of point solutions targeted to deal with data growth and this proliferation of technology has compounded the difficulty of managing information let-alone trying to make effective use of all the information created in an organization. Worse yet, the ability to meet any sort of information regulatory compliance standard is virtually non-existent. Ask any compliance manager or CIO who has to sign on the dotted line if they are really sure they are complaint, and see what they say. To net it out, the value of unstructured data is being diluted to the point of irrelevancy because there is no practical way of even collecting it, much less analyzing it.