Backup and Governance
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Do you mean 

Data Protection: 10 Tips to Clear Information Clutter from your Backup and Recovery Process

ScottBaker ‎06-13-2014 08:41 AM - edited ‎02-19-2015 12:49 PM

It is estimated that only about 10% of files stored in a typical organization are ever read more than once.  Sure, a few more important documents and logs need to be kept for audit or compliance purposes, but these won’t change that figure significantly. What this means is perhaps 90% of what an organization stores is essentially clutter. Given the unabated growth of data, the infrastructure demands are only going to increase when we look at all the trends impacting industries throughout the world: the Internet of Things, big data, cloud, mobility and the rest, all of which mean more data!


But what if we could find a way to make all this data useful?  Would the hoarder next door—or in the datacenter in our case—be justified?


I was a panelist in a recent web seminar where we covered trends related to this growing norm. But before you can start decluttering your hoards of data, proper strategies on determining what is stored, where it should be tiered and how it can be used to make a difference to IT operations and business processes needs to happen.


Some tips to get started include: 

  1. Take the time needed to purge through the information.
  2. Identify what data is critical to the business units in your organization.
  3. Develop a plan for what to do with the data that is not essential to keep.

You can find the full article here as well as the complete list of 10 practical tips to declutter your information inventory at my other digital home,




Read more from our data protection experts:

Data Protection: How Insightful Analytics Makes Backup and Recovery Smarter, More Efficient by Stephen Spellicy
Data Protection: HP Autonomy Boosts Adaptive Backup and Recovery with Predictive Analytics by Gagan Bhatia
Data Protection: Petabytes of data - That's cute! by Stephen Aldous

0 Kudos
About the Author


Scott speaks, blogs, writes articles and specializes in driving competitively differentiated integrations for storage and virtualization. VMware Certified Professional, recognized as a vExpert, VMWorld speaker, VMUG keynote speaker, and a contributing author of the book Virtualization Changes Everything.

Leave a Comment

We encourage you to share your comments on this post. Comments are moderated and will be reviewed
and posted as promptly as possible during regular business hours

To ensure your comment is published, be sure to follow the Community Guidelines.

Be sure to enter a unique name. You can't reuse a name that's already in use.
Be sure to enter a unique email address. You can't reuse an email address that's already in use.
Type the characters you see in the picture above.Type the words you hear.
Jun 7-9
Las Vegas
Discover 2016 Las Vegas
Discover 2016 in Las Vegas, the ultimate showcase technology event for business and IT professionals to learn, connect, and grow.
Read more
Sep 13-16
National Harbor, MD
HPE Protect 2016
Protect 2016 is our annual conference and is the place to meet the world’s top information security talent, discuss new products and share information...
Read more
View all