2018: The Year Of Demystifying Unstructured Data

By Nikhil Madan, General Manager - Data Lake & Scale - Out Storage Solutions, Dell EMC

Nikhil, with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry, is presently designated as Head of Business for Data Lake & Object Storage for India & South East Asia at Dell EMC Singapore. His area of expertise includes Channel Partners, Business Alliances, Management, Enterprise Software, and Sales.

Data has become a crucial part of the smooth functioning of business operations. It is the new competitive currency, in the age of technology. Over the years, businesses have started recognising the relevance of data as it is bedrock for key insights for any organisation to stay alive and moving in the dynamic market place.

"With immersion of new-age tech into the system, the data generation has grown immensely"

Traditionally, data came from a static source but with the evolution of the technology industry, the data also got trans­formed from being structured to unstructured form. Now, with the advent of new-age technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT) etc., data is coming in from all possible sources and in all possible forms such as pictures, videos, all of which is unstructured.

According to Gartner, by 2021, more than 80 percent of data generated by enterprises will be unstructured. So, with more and more generation of such data, the oppor­tunity for businesses to derive profitable outcomes also becomes enormous.

Now, the question arises, are Indian organizations well prepared to deal with this data deluge? The answer is ‘No’. Presently, Indian organizations are struggling to deal with information overload, making it difficult for them to man­age and unlock insights from this data type.

Hence, today’s business needs intelligent data solution which not only can store this vast data but also provide real time analysis to deliver better services/ products to the end customers. The solution that perfectly fits the need of the hour is Isilon.

As we head towards a new cal­endar year, there are some technolo­gies that at the brink of mainstream adoption. Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Big Data will see greater adoption in 2018. While the enterprises are ready­ing themselves for this adoption, it is important to see how storage require­ments will pan out and what will be some of the storage trends that will gain traction in 2018.

Clearly 2018 will be the year to de­mystify the value of unstructured data:

As we head towards a new cal­endar year, there are some technolo­gies that at the brink of mainstream adoption. Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Big Data will see greater adoption in 2018. While the enterprises are ready­ing themselves for this adoption, it is important to see how storage require­ments will pan out and what will be some of the storage trends that will gain traction in 2018.

Clearly 2018 will be the year to de­mystify the value of unstructured data:

2. Integration of Cloud with Data Lake:

Cloud is transforming the way com­panies do business. Companies that have moved to the cloud are achiev­ing measurable improvements in time to market, cost, quality and business agility. Going from edge to core to the cloud, organisations will fetch the de­sired cost of optimization, leading to better allocation of resources for the other businesses activities.

Organizations can also adopt cloud by integrating their Data Lake Infrastructure with Public / Private Cloud, which provides the users the flexibility of both the worlds - man­aging unstructured data with scale out Data Lake, and seamless with cloud for cost optimization.

3. Manufacturing & Healthcare Sector to Lead in Unstructured Data Genera­tion in India:

Digitalization is powering the future of Indian industries. Given the rapid advancement that the country is going through, manufacturing and health­care are the two verticals which are likely to lead the race in the unstruc­tured data generation.

Manufacturing Sector:

The Indian Manufacturing sector is on the verge of digital transforma­tion, looking to scale up and move up the value chain. To compete the locally and globally, this industry will have to adapt to newage technolo­gies, that will help them achieve Per­sonalization, a key aspect in today’s customer expectation.

Machines, work pieces, means of transport and goods are being equipped with embedded systems, i.e. tiny computers, sensors etc., helping them stay connected with one anoth­er, will pave the way for the next jump in manufacturing industry. However, the implication of these connected de­vices is generation of massive unstruc­tured data. Therefore, to put this mas­sive scrambled data in order& to put it to use, data lake is the perfect storage solution this industry needs to manage their massive volumes of every grow­ing unstructured data

Healthcare Sector:

Healthcare sector is ever changing. Newer technologies and machines are being developed every other min­ute to provide better treatment to the patients. With immersion of new-age tech into the system, the data genera­tion has grown immensely. This data is of utmost importance for healthcare organisations, doctors etc., as it con­tains key information about treatment, diseases, and progress of a patient.

An Isilon (Data Lake) is a pow­erful architecture with the potential to transform healthcare by providing a singular repository for structured, semi-structured and other formats of data. It enables data scientists and healthcare analysts to mine data that is scattered across multiple departments, laboratories and various other sources. Moreover, it also enables predictive and prescriptive analytics necessary to support healthcare use cases and initia­tives, leading to the future of medicine in India which is precision medicine.

2018 is the year where storage modernization will be crucial for en­terprises which are looking forward to become digitally adept. With Isilon, enterprises can scale, accelerate as well as protect their unstructured data.

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