Recently, I was talking with the owner of a large agricultural establishment who wants to use drones to gather information on his livestock and crops. The master plan is to equip unmanned aerial vehicles with high-power cameras and sensors to capture key patterns and changes in local farm environments. In collecting such information, the company aims to reduce risks, streamline compliance with the Food and Drug Administration’s agricultural standards and create a greener corporation.
The company has the funds to move forward with its drone project. Just one major hurdle blocks its path: It is completely unprepared to manage the large volumes of data that the plan would generate.
First and foremost, worrisome logistical issues abound. The data would have to be stored either locally—on the drone itself (and encrypted for security purposes)—or streamed directly to a server. Then, the data would have to be processed and distributed appropriately across the network.
This is data harvesting, and it’s an enormous undertaking. Organizations that lack the ability to manage data effectively are certain to experience what we here at Micro Focus refer to as “data glut,” or vast amounts of unstructured, bulky information. Some of the problems associated with data glut include:
- Risk: Unstructured data is very difficult to contain on the network. Files need to be indexed, tracked and protected with secure access controls to prevent data leaks.
- Wasted resources: Harvesting data is pointless if you don’t extract, process and analyze it. Raw data must be refined to have value; otherwise, it may turn into “dark data,” or data that isn’t accessed in a year or longer. We found that 90 percent of companies find no value in dark data.
- Overload: Even the largest networks have limits. Data can add up very quickly, which can be a nightmare from a storage perspective.
Fortunately, Micro Focus has developed a solution, called File Analysis that makes it easier to manage and control corporate data. It is now available in Micro Focus Storage Manager 5 and Micro Focus File Reporter 3.
File Analysis will enable you to confidently embrace next-generation data management technologies like drones and other Internet of Things objects by analyzing, managing and securing your company’s information as it flows across the network. You can say goodbye to unstructured data, and hello to a new era of highly optimized information.
Want to learn more about File Analysis? Also, look for us at the upcoming GWAVACon event in Berlin, where we will host a panel on this solution. For more information or to schedule a demo, call 1-888-321-4272.
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