Data management is not a new challenge for enterprise IT, but it’s also not getting any easier.

According to a recent report by Gartner, enterprise data will continue to grow by more than 40 percent annually, over the next five years. International Data Corporation has also weighed in on the data deluge problem, estimating that the volume of digital information may balloon from 2.7 zettabytes this year (the storage equivalent of 2.7 billion Apple iMacs) to 8 zettabytes by 2015. This problem is compounded by the diversification of platforms and devices on which this data is created and stored. Even as storage technologies improve, processing, storing and securing that data will present a significant challenge to enterprise IT.

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