Information infrastructure calls for better governance tools
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Information infrastructure calls for better governance tools

Keeping tabs on important corporate infrastructure has long been a concern of companies, as no single form of document management seems sufficient to track every file, monitor access and ensure security for entire systems. As long as security threats remain outstanding, corporate IT departments need to find better solutions to minimize these dangers, because they can seriously damage continuity and transparency. Since both internal and external issues can draw the quality of data systems into questions, file tracking and backup recovery tools are increasingly important to financial and other solutions, meaning businesses have to come up with a variety of resources to protect their myriad digital infrastructure.

Understanding information storage solutions
Should any force act against corporate file systems, it's not just the person responsible for the incursion that will be held accountable – businesses are required to protect their own assets, and failing to do so could result in fines for individual who caused the error, as well as the firm hosting the information.

IT Director Online wrote that increasing the flexibility of information systems has required many firms to look for improvements to existing file systems. Older methods like magnetic tape storage are still reliable in terms of deep archival use, but in order to pull files from these resources or write data to them, the backup window can be gigantic. Especially dealing with the inundation posed by big data, which could create terabytes of information on a daily basis, firms need faster solutions that can read, write and recall at a more rapid pace.

The source stated that this will likely be what makes disk popular in the coming years. These assets are being expanded all the time, creating large storage spaces on devices of the same size and relative price as their predecessors. They can be combined with tools like Flash memory for speedier processing times, and they can hold system snapshots for faster and more accurate recall of previous states. Similar to cloud computing, infrastructure can be set to take regular images of every program, file and process, which are then stored quickly and can be brought back in a similar timeframe in order to perform restorations, inquiries or security checks.

Building better assets
ExaGrid wrote that the power of such tools will continue to grow in importance, with the number of threats and volume of daily data growing all the time. These two elements will be directly linked, the source projected, as IT experts from the firm pointed out that the need to store information safely will increase all the time, as will the number of records created on a regular basis, further complicating the process.

The source reported that an IDC forecast of upcoming IT spending showed that backup investments will reach $3 billion among all corporate entities by the end of 2012, meaning more investment is likely in the coming months. The big data wave isn't set to crest until 2020, making improved management systems critical for corporate continuity and governance. Faster methods of carrying out these processes will be vital too, necessitating the shift from tape to disk as a primary backup driver.

Much of what lures users to the cloud now is the ability to quickly share and store information, but the need to recall systems at the drop of a hat is also important, because a breach or outage could result in downtime that most firms can't afford. Finding secure ways of doing this without relying in remote structures is an increasing priority for corporations, as they want to know their control over file systems isn't going to be called into question by a third-party vendor. ExaGrid wrote that businesses feel they can't rely on the cloud to provide their primary storage space, so shifting to faster onsite solutions and mixing them with deduplication, deep archives and private clouds may be leading trends for the rest of 2013.