For most of IT history, the focus of data protection and management has been on structured data. This is what most of us find familiar when we conceptualize “data”: numbers, strings, in neat rows and columns.
However, as unstructured data growth outpaces that of structured data, posing new challenges for data management as well as exciting new opportunities, enterprises need to pivot their data management strategies to focus on their increasingly valuable unstructured data.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First, let’s talk about the difference between structured and unstructured data.