Believe it or not, but the first hard drive was introduced more than 50-years-ago by IBM. It was capable of storing approximately 5MB of data on it and—brace yourself—was the size of two refrigerators. I think it’s safe to say that when IMB introduced the hard drive in 1956, it wasn’t expecting digital storage to take over the enterprise in the way it has.

Today, companies are capable of analyzing petabytes of dataTo put that in perspective, that much data is enough to fill 20 million four drawer filing cabinets. As you can see, enterprises are creating and storing a ton of information and that trend doesn’t seem to end anytime soon, experts have found.

By 2018, according to research by Datalytics, the amount of data on the internet will be 40 times larger than 2009, which means the businesses and companies responsible for creating and storing that content will most likely see their databases grow exponentially.

Because of this boom in content and data being created by enterprises throughout the world, data archiving—or the long-term, often offline, storage of company data that is no longer used on a day to day basis—has started to gain steam amongst main stream businesses.

The reason enterprises are flocking to data protection is because it allows them to reduce their data footprint, protect important information, and most of all helps make internal systems leaner which in turn makes IT initiatives easier to execute. To the latter point, AAJ recently discussed how data archiving is an essential step to SharePoint cloud migration in our on demand webinar, “SharePoint Cloud – How to Execute an Easy Migration”. If you’re company is using data archiving to drop some heavy data pounds, then it might be time to consider a change in your SharePoint solution as well.

After all, the first steps in the execution of an easy SharePoint cloud migration are to delete old and useless data, archive any data that is still important but rarely used, and organize the data that will be migrated to the cloud. If you’re enterprise is currently considering a data archiving option or has already taken the initiative to being actively archiving its data, then a migration to the SharePoint cloud would be a logical next step to decreasing your infrastructure footprint and cutting costs.

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