HPE Vision: Data-Driven in the Age of Insight
Take a moment to explore what a data-driven world should look like in a bit more detail. In the Information Age, the amount of time that people spend online and using applications soared, as did the number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The results? Vast amounts of data. At the same time, storage capacity expanded exponentially and was less expensive, allowing companies to store much of that data. But without smart analytics to reveal its meaning, data is just a lot of ones and zeros. The Information Age is now giving way to the Age of Insight, in which AI-powered applications mine data for actionable insights. Retailers manage their supply chains more intelligently. Manufacturing equipment automatically detects inefficiencies and is fine tuned to optimize components or to remediate issues. Medical researchers search for cures more productively, guided by more powerful models that point them in the right place to focus. The possibilities are nearly endless. To unleash the power of data, companies need systems that connect, protect, analyze, and act on all data, no matter where that data resides. For data, location is key. Data has inertia: once it is stored within a system, either on-prem or in the public cloud, moving the data is relatively difficult. Many customers fear public cloud lock-in. They are worried about moving data into the public cloud due to the complexity and hefty exit fees if they later decide to move that data. Customers might also want more control over exactly where their data resides, particularly if that data falls under regulatory control. The choice of data's location has far reaching consequences because data also has gravity: it attracts applications to it so that those applications can use the data with lower latency. Data gravity and latency form key reasons that, despite the attractions of public cloud, 70% of applications still run on-prem near on-prem data. (IDC Cloud Pulse Q1 2020.