Y ou may have heard of “High Value Workloads,” but wondered what that actually means. Simply put, they are environments where the data is either being used for strategic decision making for the company on a consistent basis, or, as is often the case, data IS the product itself.

There are countless examples of this, but for the sake of conversation, think autonomous vehicles, video post-production, drug discovery, IoT, commercial analytics, immersive content, risk management, buyer behavior, and energy exploration…just to name a few.

Environments like these share a wide range of characteristics and, as you would expect, a host of requirements. Let’s take a quick look at both.

The major shared characteristics include:

  • These sites deal with massive amounts of data, data that’s growing fast, or both.
  • The vast majority of the data at these sites is unstructured.
  • Due largely to data sensitivity, the speed at which sites want to compute against it, or both, tier 1 data tends to remain on premise.

The most common requirements for these sites include:

  • Many of these workflows transitioned to scale-out NAS or enterprise NAS 5 to 10 years ago, and now require an enterprise class set of features, such as robust management and data lifecycle management.
  • A significant need to cost-effectively scale to accommodate modern data set sizes, growth, and access speeds.
  • As technology continues to evolve at breakneck speed, organizations often struggle to keep pace. This is why they need a solution that’s future-proof—a unified and flexible storage environment that can accommodate multiple clients and connectivity options, with access to data regardless of medium or location, on premise or in the cloud. Any data, anywhere, anytime.

To date, many organizations have been forced to make trade-offs because finding a solution that delivers both the robustness of enterprise NAS and the ability to scale without breaking the bank has been like finding a needle in a haystack. So far, most systems can only support one or the other, but not both.

Still, things are happening fast in this space, so keep your eyes peeled.  One thing’s for sure—where there’s a significant gap, there’s typically a solution right around the corner.

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