February 23, 2012–We dive right into talk of taming your unstructured data. But, really, what constitutes this term? It’s a subject we might not have nailed down in the past, but are anxious to look closer at. A Wall Street & Technology article, “Big Data Changes Storage Needs,” clued us in.
The story provides a nice definition, stating: “Unstructured data is typically thought of as user data and made up of things like documents, spreadsheet, and presentations. User data has grown to encompass much larger data sets like audio and video. No longer can rich media simply be wiped from data center storage systems, since in many cases this data has a legitimate purpose and value to the organization.”
No wonder the story paints a desperate picture of needing to update one’s storage to help maintain a grip on unstructured data. But storage is only part of the battle. The software one chooses is just as important, because otherwise, they are left with a pile of indecipherable audio, video and text. One of our favorite tools for fighting this war is Digital Reasoning’s Synthesys, an innovative unstructured data mining tool that has been proven to help the intelligence community get a better handle on national security. Sounds like a nice pairing with beefier storage.