A recent report by Veritas Technologies has suggested that ‘Databergs’ are clogging up corporate data storage in many large companies, leading to wasted capacity and inefficient systems.
Databergs can be defined as mostly dark, futile, costly data that is cluttering company computers. The Databerg Report, compiled by Veritas Technologies, looks at the flood of data into private and public sector companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The report reveals findings from 1475 respondents across 14 countries.
The Databerg concept is characterised by three types of data:
- Business critical data – this type of data needs to be properly managed and protected because it is key to the operation and success of an organisation.
- Redundant, obsolete and trivial (ROT) data – safe, regular deletion of ROT data is essential to maintain data integrity.
- Dark data – this is unclassified data that can include business critical data, ROT data or non-compliant data.
“More than half of the Databerg consists of Dark Data — data which is collected but remains unused‚” the back-up and recovery solutions company said.
Reasons for rapid Databerg growth
According to Veritas, there are three main reasons for the Databerg surge:
- IT strategies are based on data volumes not data value. Nearly 20% of the EMEA companies currently do not have plans to determine the business value of its data.
- More and more companies are utilising cloud or other ‘free’ storage solutions that are marketed. Research shows that more than a third of all companies will move over to the cloud in the next 12 months.
- Employees are jeopardising corporate data by ignoring data policies and becoming data hoarders. Respondents admit to storing unstructured data like personal documents, photographs, videos and games on corporate networks.
The Databerg Report recommends that dark data be identifiable and companies recognise valuable information, ROT data be eliminated in order to reduce costs, and that an effective information governance strategy for unstructured data be implemented.
Data hoarding in South African organisations
According to the report, South African companies have 58% dark data and 32% ROT data in their corporate networks, leaving a mere 10% for business data. The dark data held by South African companies could consist of personal photographs or pirated content, which pose a threat to compliance. Discipline among South African employees is problematic too – it was found that 1 out of 3 employees consider their company’s IT as their own and upload photographs, non-approved software or copies of personal documents onto the corporate network.
EMEA organisations hold an average of 54% dark data and 32% ROT data. Currently Databergs are not well-managed within many organisations, and if information strategies remain unchanged by 2020, corporate resources amounting to trillions of Rand will be wasted.
A full copy of the Databerg Report can be seen here