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Slow and Steady Wins the Race - If It's The "Right" race

The Case for A Smart Data Management Strategy

By Henry Silvas & Tim Wallace

Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Right?  Not without Strong Data Management!

I’ve never been a fan of running, but I’ve always admired the story of the tortoise and the hare.  On paper, the hare was an opponent that could not be outpaced, but that didn’t stop the tortoise from staying focused.  Some may liken the government to a slow-moving tortoise.  For the sake of its constituents, the government has no choice but to be methodical in its approach to manage its ever-growing plethora of data.

Data is growing faster than a hare runs. How can the government keep up?

From the 2020 Census, to the National Weather service, the public sector collects massive amounts of data to use to serve its citizens.  According to IDC, data has become the basis for how organizations are run, and because of this the “datasphere” will grow to 175 zettabytes (one zettabyte is equivalent to a trillion gigabytes) by 2025, which in turn means that there will be additional requirements and needs to keep up with the data explosion.

With the exponential increase of data comes increased copy data and storage costs.  A study by MeriTalk, a public-private partnership focused on improving government IT outcomes, finds that agencies will spend roughly $16.5 billion on storing redundant copies of non-production data.  In addition to having to manage increasing amounts of copy data costs, many organizations have trouble managing ever-complex data environments that can be described as siloed, unorganized, and ungoverned.  This leads to data swamps instead of data lakes, making it challenging to gather, analyze, and generate valuable insights from their data.  According to Forrester, 60-73 percent of all data within an enterprise goes unused for analytics because legacy infrastructure is unable to scale easily and quickly.

The Government understands that Data Strategy is about the journey, not winning the race.

Just this year, the Federal Data Strategy released a framework to guide the Federal Government to manage its data to accelerate the use of data to deliver on mission, serve the public, and steward resources while protecting security, privacy, and confidentiality.

The National Association of Chief Information Officers and Stu Davis, CIO of Ohio, highlighted the role of data management in state government:

“Data management is the foundational discipline for ongoing operations with state government. Data and information assets are essential to virtually every operation and every decision within state government. From analyzing health data to determining the effectiveness of programs to evaluating road conditions across the state.”

Even if both the Federal and State and Governments understand the importance of having a data management strategy, how will they successfully execute the recommended practices and secure data at the same time?

Securing your organizations’ and citizens’ data in a cyber world

With the increasing digitization of our world, including within the public sector, comes great security risks.  The Identity Theft Center noted a 17 percent increase in the number of breaches in 2019 over 2018.  A cyber world requires that the government take the steps necessary to secure the data and privacy of itself, and its citizens.  Two key practices promoted by the FDS Framework are to Govern Data to Protect Confidentiality and Privacy, as well as Protect Data Integrity.

How Nutanix Solutions can help the Public Sector choose the right races to run!

Nutanix is here to partner with you to help ensure that you can successfully meet federal mandates and execute your internal data management strategy amidst the explosive data growth.  Join our customers in the public sector like the Department of Defense and Ohio National Guard that have trusted our uncompromising security with these Nutanix Data Solutions:

  • With Nutanix’s Database-as-a-Service, Era, your organization can simplify your database operations with one-click provisioning, patching, and cloning, while securing your data with encryption, database masking and patching, firewalls, and anti-malware.  In a recent TCO study with one of our enterprise customers, copy data management functionalities allowed for up to 6x reduction in high performance storage usage for clones and snapshots. Not only is this storage-efficient but time-efficient as well. The savings in storage costs helped contribute to an overall 62% reduction in TCO.
  • The Nutanix Distributed Storage Fabric extends to our suite of storage services (Files, Volumes, and Objects) and enables VMs, files, block, and object storage to coexist on the same platform. For your big data storage and compliance needs, these services deliver a host of functionalities to manage, optimize, and secure your data and detect anomalies – File Analytics that help audit file system usage and create audit trails or view file size distribution and their growth patterns;  Long Term Retention (e.g., Cheap and deep with regulatory content retention); Secure Data Locking with S3-compliant Write Once Read Many (WORM) support; Identity and Access Management; and Native DAR Encryption with Key Managemen
  • Focus on data analytics and insights, not the infrastructure.  You can leverage the power of your data by deploying Splunk on Nutanix.  Nutanix Solution for Splunk is built on our modern hyperconverged infrastructure architectures that allow for storage efficiencies, such as compression for databases, while still maintaining high performance.

As a Nutanix customer, you will not only be able to keep up with your data growth, but you will have more time to focus on building and executing a sound data management strategy.  As an added bonus, the new insights you generate with your data will also help enable you to consider such compelling questions as whether the tortoise should have even raced the hare in the first place.

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