HP today released two new software solutions designed to address the information management challenges resulting from big data.

The company claims the products, HP ControlPoint and HP Storage Optimizer, enable organizations to leverage advanced analytics and policy management technology to lower data storage costs, drive stronger compliance and information governance initiatives and accelerate hybrid cloud deployments.

Both solutions target the increasing varieties, velocity and volume of unstructured data, which HP estimates is growing at more than 40 percent a year.

Working Together

Storage Optimizer, a new product, and ControlPoint, which is integrated with HP Helion, provide a way for enterprises to maximize the use of big data, HP execs Joe Garber, VP of Information Governance, and David Gould, Global Director of Information Governance, told CMSWire.

They both use analytics technologies and other elements of our information portfolio, Garber said. The objective is to reduce storage volumes and lower costs while giving users the power to customize the way they manage their unstructured data.

Both software solutions support businesses’ information management and governance strategies by adhering to industry compliance standards, Garber said.

“In our minds the drivers for information governance have historically been risk and cost management and they will continue to be going forward,” Gould added.

“The difference between now and before is that we also see organizations looking at their data more creatively and trying to get more out of it. People talk about big data, but how do you go about getting value from it? One way is you control your information better after it’s been created, which is where our information governance strategy fits.”

Gould said the idea is to provide both the infrastructure and the analytics to improve the quality of the insights and, in turn, the quality of downstream processes like archiving, searching, discovery and storage optimization.

Set the Priority

Storage Optimizer connects to a wide range of repositories including Hadoop, SharePoint and Exchange, and offers enterprise-grade scalability and built-in workflow security, HP said.

With it, enterprises can identify which content is important, what is less important and which content is junk. Enterprises can lower costs on primary storage and backup-related storage, more intelligently tier storage, streamline backup processes and increase application performance, Gould said.

While the cost of storage is a key driver, companies are also concerned with optimizing storage and placing content in the right locations.

Better Insights

HP also enhanced its ControlPoint file analysis product, which analyzes enterprise information and automates the migration of data to the most appropriate on-premise, cloud, Hadoop or virtual repository. 

It provides insights into storage and enables you decide where you can save space and money as a result," Garber said.

The add-on enables organizations to rank which information is moved to the cloud, as well as the appropriate cloud deployment to move it based on the content’s importance, risk profile usefulness and governance policies.

HP is trying to pull information management and governance together in response to the growth of big data.

“If you look at our big data portfolio, which includes the Haven platform and our information governance portfolio, they are incredibly complimentary. The Haven [Big Data analytics] platform is a powers many of the solutions that we offer in the information governance portfolio,” Garber said.

“Our intention is to take that Haven technology and offer it to enterprises to increase the intelligence that organizations have on their information and ultimately improve the quality of the downstream activity they produce from that information,” Garber said.