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Unstructured data solutions (UDS) defined

July 08, 2020

Unstructured data solutions (UDS) defined
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There’s something every single Dell Technologies customer struggles with:
Data sprawl.
That’s precisely why they’ve sought out the expert services of Dell Technologies.
In this episode of B2B Tech Talk, Keri sits down with Dallas Nash the Senior Director of Sales at Dell Technologies. The two talk about:
  • Two major data problems Dell Technologies customers were facing
  • The differences between structured and unstructured data
  • How unstructured data solutions (UDS) make it easier to glean useful business analytics from multiple sources of data
"Our solutions are at the heart of serving every one of our customers' main data challenges." — Dallas Nash

The data challenge

Businesses and government agencies have looked to Dell Technologies’ unstructured data solutions (UDS) for two main reasons:
  1. Data sprawl. So much data is being collected, but how do we make sense of it?
  2. Gleaning useful business analytics from data collected.
The thing is, the majority of this collected data is not structured. 

Structured vs. unstructured data

It’s important to understand the difference between structured and unstructured data before jumping to analytics.
Structured data is made up of clearly defined data types that are easily searchable due to their patterns.
Unstructured data consists of data types that are not easily searchable. These data could be from videos, audio, social media posts, and even from drones, autonomous cars and AI.
According to Dallas, upwards of 80% of the average government agency’s data is unstructured.

Silos of unstructured data

Because unstructured data has traditionally been stored on legacy platforms, limiting silos have popped up for each data type.
In other words, imagine if your organization wanted to inform your autonomous car’s decisions with data from police cams. Even if you develop a partnership with a particular police force and are granted access to the video from their cameras, it’s hard to know how to search for anything.
Where—how—do you begin?
So, your autonomous car’s data remains in its silo, uninfluenced by the potentially useful police cam footage.
These are the kinds of challenges Dell Technologies is solving with their unstructured data solutions.
See what Dell Technologies’ PowerScale has done to help businesses like yours with their unstructured data.
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