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Unstructured data has exploded—and it’s not slowing down. The total volume of data created, captured, copied, and consumed worldwide by 2024 will cross 149 zettabytes every year¹. Much of it will be unstructured, which we know has massive value, but also challenges and complexities.
Every organization stands to benefit from unstructured data use cases, but first, they need a way to get a handle on it and address the elephant in the data center: the spinning disk hardware this large repository of data is often stored on. Because when it comes to modern unstructured data, many of the traditional storage architectures, technologies, best practices, and principles of structured data won’t apply.
But, there is one thing you can do to be ready for it.
What Is Unstructured Data?
Unlike structured data, such as Excel files or SQL databases, unstructured data is data that doesn’t fit neatly into formatted tables. It is generally in the form of files and objects. This includes:
Internet of things (IoT) data, like sensor data, ticker info, and more Device and network data, such as telemetry and location data Text and documents that require context to process and extract data from, such as notes from
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