As I’ve said in prior posts, keeping data in native format for later use is increasingly a “must have” for many customers. This is the starting point. Stage two is, of course, turning raw data into useful information by adding knowledge or context. Before you can transition data into business information, you also must find the pieces of data that are interesting or useful. In the media and entertainment world, this is done predominantly through a concept called “metadata tagging.” Metadata tagging is a process by which every unique data element (for video, this would be a frame) is enriched with business information likely to identify its value.
Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time exploring the differences between data (as in “Big Data”) and information. There’s a very interesting conceptual model that has been proposed outlining the relationship between data, knowledge, information, understanding, and wisdom (D-K-I-U-W for brevity’s sake) attributed to American organizational theorist Russell Ackoff. For a nice introduction to this model, you can read the article “Data, Information, Knowledge, and Wisdom,” by Gene Bellinger, Durval Castro, and Anthony Mills.
In my first two blogs, the discussions have been around using native format for amazing fast restores and for booting VMs remotely, all without actually needing the backup application. In this final post I will explore how native format can provide “future proof flexibility.” When I hear this term, I am always reminded of the Best Buy commercial where consumers are constantly, and humorously, reminded of the fast pace of technology. If you are like me, having something new and shiny is always nice, however, life gets in the way and we need to spend our finances elsewhere. The same goes for our IT budgets.