Corporations are not all that dissimilar from individuals. During a lifetime, we tend to accumulate things. At one time, some of these things were undoubtedly useful, but after a while, we forget why we obtained them in the first place. The result is clutter and disorganization, not to mention the difficulty of finding something amid all the "stuff."

I have a neighbor who has yet to park a single car in his two-car garage in the 10 years I have lived next door. He plans on building a shed, but I'd bet money he would only fill that up as well. Corporations are no different. They accumulate data, and lots of it. By some accounts, storage capacity requirements within the data center are growing between 45 and 125 percent compounded annually. There are a number of reasons for this huge growth. Among them are:

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