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Data Overload: Keep It Simple

Take into account the fact that we're transmitting and storing more types of content in a digital format, and it's obvious that IT folks have a lot to think (and worry) about. Much of this new information is coming in large chunks--voice and video aren't terse media. A picture is worth a thousand words, or upward of 1 MB of data storage.

There are some instances when data chunks are necessarily large. But in other cases, could smaller be better? Are we adding to the information overload without deriving equivalent benefit?

Some of you may remember the old joke about becoming an experienced software developer. A beginner could write a program that said, "Hello, World!" in just a couple of lines of code. An expert, though, could use arcane Unix system calls to make a 300-line behemoth that would say ... "Hello, World!" Newbie developers everywhere longed to be able to write the behemoth because it was so much cooler.

Not Out of Room Yet

The good news is, hard drives are growing faster than we can put data on them. But there are some snags. First, networks must handle these new types and amounts of load. Second, people need to make sense of all this extra information--they need metadata that describes and defines content, for networks, applications and end users.

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