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Jun 24 2022

Data Exploration - the First Step to Reimagine Your Data Strategy

- Blog#2 of the Data & Storage series -

In our last post, my colleague Richard discussed how important it is for organizations to challenge their data strategies to gain visibility over the entire lifecycle of their data. This very important exercise ensures that you – our customers – continue to derive the maximum value from your data in the most cost-effective way.



You can’t make a plan to reach your destination if you don’t know where you are starting from. That’s why the first step in the process must be to establish a baseline understanding of where you are, or more accurately, where your data is. And not just its location but also, how and when it is used and where it might be vulnerable. Ultimately, data is your business’ priceless crown jewel. It requires specialized care to be able to extract value from it and identify those pockets of potential value that are not currently being leveraged.

However, that’s not always as easy as it sounds. Over the course of my 15+ years in the IT industry, there’s been enormous change, but two trends have stayed constant: that’s the increasing complexity of most businesses’ IT architectures and the exponential growth of their structured and unstructured data. Today, every business has data that is dispersed across countless devices and users, locations, and clouds. What is more, with the proliferation of shadow IT, it is very likely that they have data, applications and use cases that they don’t know about. As a result, few companies truly have a complete and accurate picture of exactly what data they have and where it is.


Fujitsu’s SystemInspection Service for Complete Data Visibility

Since I joined Fujitsu I have learned a great deal about our diverse portfolio, but there’s one unique  that is particularly dear to my heart. It’s not just because it is unique in the IT industry, it’s because of the unique benefit it delivers for our customers. I’m referring to the Fujitsu SystemInspection Service which creates a comprehensive snapshot of your data, wherever it is. It identifies areas where you can optimize your system to be more efficient, save money or even find opportunities to make your valuable data work harder.


How the SystemInspection Service works in Practice

German, industrial ceramic manufacturer CeramTec recently used SystemInspection Service to better understand its systems’ technical capabilities and its readiness for a future S/4HANA rollout. The leadership team also wanted to understand whether there were opportunities to optimize utilization and track down possible vulnerabilities.

The process took a deep dive into CeramTec’s IT landscape- including its highly complex system comprising multiple different layers and a huge amount of data created and consumed by its approximately 2,600 users. This included a detailed, comprehensive inventory including all including operating systems, versions, databases, kernel and patch levels as well as other system components. The process also evaluated performance levels and flagged potential errors or bottlenecks.

The analysis delivered good news for CeramTec – the final reports showed that its systems were able to handle both current and planned future capacity and their performance was great. The company’s IT architecture was also cleared to handle the future technology upgrade with no issues.

This type of in-depth visibility is possible thanks to the SystemInspection Service’s unique ability to track data wherever it is located. It identifies and eliminates information silos and data protection risks and correlates customer data across backups, storage, hosts, hypervisors, and storage networks. It does this by simply inspecting the content without copying, migrating, or spying on it in any way. The service then consolidates findings into a single overview of the entire IT infrastructure, from storage systems, backup systems, to your virtualization environment.


Knowledge is power when it comes to leveraging data to create new value

The CeramTec case study illustrates that knowledge is power when it comes to meeting objectives. However, additional value is unlocked at the next step – the gap analysis. This is where the process identifies missed opportunities for improving systems, architectures or for creating new business value.

Armed with a clear snapshot of the state of your data situation, you can streamline and optimize your hardware and systems – for example by identifying where hardware is not being used efficiently. It can also help you understand how to find the optimal balance of on premises and cloud-based workloads.

By mapping out the entire lifecycle of your data, the inspection service also helps ensure that it is available where and when it needs to be, as cost effectively as possible.

This visibility also enables you to identify where you can refine processes, predict failures, and even reduce the risk of missed SLAs. You’ll also have clarity over how well your data is protected, and whether, in the event of a failure or ransomware attack, you can be confident in your backup and restore processes. What is more, by uncovering data silos you can unleash the untapped potential of additional data (but more on that when we cover how to deliver more value with the data we have).


Unlocking new opportunities

True data driven digital transformation isn’t just about adding capacity to store data. It’s about unlocking new business opportunities by unleashing its potential. These opportunities might be a new approach or business model that can create a new revenue stream, or opportunities to differentiate the business or enhance the customer experience. A detailed snapshot of the entirety of corporate data also reveals potential for increasing overall system efficiency, managing costs and ensuring that your enterprise data –your most valuable resource, is both available where it is needed, and secure.

Over the course of the next few posts – we’ll take explore some common data scenarios, their associated challenges and possible solutions. Watch this space for an overview of Hybrid Cloud – and how to find the right location for the right workload.


Darina Steinberger


About the Author:

Darina Steinberger

Darina is responsible for the Product Line Marketing activities across the European Platform Business


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