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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Running out of room: How to keep more data efficiently accessible

The WSJ posted a column Running Out of Room which describes the problem companies face trying to store more data: they're getting squeezed by both space and cost constraints.

Not only is reliable cost efficient storage a necessity, but more importantly is the need for effective search to find exactly what you are looking for in ever growing digital archives.

It's a given today's storage choices offer low-cost options, but these systems typically only address half the problem. Now that we have nearly infinite storage resources, how do we find the "needle in the haystack"? Better search technologies, coupled with low cost reliable storage is the key. Sonian is working on advanced techniques to make searching billions of stored objects more efficient for the user that needs quick answers and "actionable intelligence" from the information archive.

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