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What is mass data fragmentation?

Data is an enterprise’s most valuable digital resource. It should be a competitive asset, but instead data has become a costly and risky IT management headache.

Mass data fragmentation is the ever-growing proliferation of data—across different locations, silos, clouds, and management systems—that prevents organizations from fully utilizing its value.

Cohesity has issued a series of global market studies concerning mass data fragmentation and its impact on IT. The first report details the difficulty in managing data across silos. The new report focuses on the public cloud.


Data is Fragmented

IT operations like backup, file sharing/storage, provisioning for test/dev and analytics are in separate infrastructure stacks that don’t share data or resources, with no central visibility or control. Data is fragmented across and within these silos.


Data is Inefficient

Infrastructure silos can impact system and operational efficiency.

With no sharing of data between functions, storage cannot easily be optimized. This leads to the generation of multiple copies that take up unnecessary storage space.

Operational efficiency is compromised by the need to manage and coordinate multiple proprietary systems and UIs, each requiring specialist understanding.

Data is Dark

This rising volume of fragmented data is also dark—making it almost impossible to see what you have and where it's stored.

That can raise serious compliance or security risks, and limit storage optimization.

If you don’t know what it is, and where it’s located, how can you know what data must be kept and what can safely be deleted?

Mass data fragmentation in the cloud explained

Three major factors add complexity, risk, cost, and compliance challenges.

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What’s killing your digital transformation efforts?

Read the ESG Research Insight Paper to see what 200 IT decision makers said about their mass data fragmentation problem.

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Closing the expectation gap

Learn how to address mass data fragmentation in the cloud with a solution specifically designed to simplify data management across silos.

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Next steps: Learn how to eliminate silos.

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Mass data fragmentation is becoming a problem everywhere, not just in healthcare. Things are getting harder to find and siloed, even things you don't intentionally want in a silo. With regulation dictating more best practice for data handling and storage, organizations really need to rethink their approach to data management.

Derek Sailors Information Systems Director, Community Hospital

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Businesses need to tackle their mass data fragmentation issues and flip it on its head. Understanding your data and where it's located is a critical step in turning it from a headache into a competitive asset.

Mike O’Rourke, Director of IT, Lighthouse Resources


The go-forward strategy for secondary storage and data fragmentation is a key priority. It’s imperative for AutoNation to secure solutions that seamlessly integrate backup and restore with our secondary storage across our entire environment.

Adam Rasner, Vice President, Technology Operations

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Taneja Group Technology Analysts
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Mass Data Fragmentation: A Problem to Be Reckoned With

Mass Data Fragmentation compared to another globally important issue. Alan Cohen, member of the Forbes Technology Council, discusses.

Tackling mass data fragmentation requires a fundamental shift from how unstructured data was managed in the past.