According to IDC, big data is just getting started. Today, only 1% of all apps use cognitive services; by 2018, 50% will. It means analytics will be embedded in every application used to facilitate functionality or convenience. It’s driving the amount of data we produce to double every two years.
But a report from Vanson Bourne shows that 60% of companies investing in big data projects don’t have the data centre infrastructure in place to analyse up-to-the-minute information. 45% say their business works in silos, and half of the respondents cite infrastructure complexity as their primary barrier.
Big data drives complexity
Research from Censuswide shows that 65% of IT decision makers are becoming increasingly frustrated over the levels of complexity that big data brings:
It leads to management problems and escalating costs.
90% of managers suffer anxiety when planning for the data centre (Opinion Matters).
54% of managers spend more time than they should on planning.
34% of data centres experience increased downtime; an average of 16 data centre outages occurring per site, costing approximately £3.15 million.
To cope with the pressure big data is placing on our data centres, over two-thirds (69%) of data centre owners intend to expand their facilities within the next five years to meet demand.
So what’s the most efficient and cost-effective way to do this?
The sky’s the limit
Forrester Research says hybrid clouds are gaining widespread market adoption because they leverage existing IT resources while integrating into public and private cloud environments. True, effective hybrid-cloud storage combines all elements in your IT infrastructure to create greater overall value, better performance and cost-savings, by scaling in line with your business. Data from IDG Research Services indicates that over the next three years, IT services delivered via cloud will increase to 65%, up from 38% today.
However, with 78% of cloud users expressing that it’s critical or extremely important to manage data across multiple clouds, how can you easily overcome this complexity?
Data Fabric: connecting your disparate environments
As you expand to the cloud, Data Fabric, enabled by NetApp, delivers the right level of application performance across the resources that are best for your business, allowing you to seamlessly and securely connect different on-premise and cloud environments. It gives you the control and choice to innovate without constraints across your choice of hybrid cloud resources and easily cope with big data demands.