IT managers can no longer approach their work with a single-purpose perspective. Today’s IT environment is increasingly networked and integrated – no one piece operates in isolation. To make the smartest decisions, manage risks and optimize performance, IT managers must work with the greater ecosystem in mind.
Meaningful data exists at every point in an IT ecosystem, but its full value is lost without the ability to synthesize and share it. IT managers need to understand what’s happening across the entire enterprise to accurately identify patterns, find inconsistencies, and make informed predictions. A high-performance IT environment relies on complete situational awareness.
Drawing From Your Data
Sensors in multiple hardware, software, and networks products continuously generate an enormous number of small messages – the granular components of Big Data. With our analytical tools, we can use those millions of point-in-time data captures to uncover patterns, anomalies, and relationships that couldn’t be detected otherwise.
Without the ability to collect, analyze, and interpret an ongoing deluge of data, it’s impossible to get a current and comprehensive view of the environment. Descriptive and predictive analytics eliminate critical blind spots for IT managers and give them immediate and long-term insight.
The Importance of Interoperability
But, we can’t achieve the full benefit of analytics if systems can’t talk to each other. Interoperability is what lets different systems and applications exchange and use the information that powers – and stems from – our analytics. Being able to analyze aggregated data is crucial, but if we can’t sync it, share it, and place it in contexts where it’s useful, our insights will always be limited. We have the capabilities to break down the data silos and aggregate the various streams of data to give IT managers the insight of their infrastructure.
David Bennett, director of the Implementation and Sustainment Center at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), once compared an IT system to a large puzzle. Without interoperability, he said, “we have a bunch of broken puzzle pieces that can’t deliver the capability we need.” In a disjointed environment, we miss the big picture.
We can layer analytics tools on disparate systems, but – just like security is baked into a system’s fundamental architecture – interoperability needs to be built in from the beginning. Modern IT environments must be designed to support orchestration across various platforms, processes, and people.
With interoperability as a standard, it can be easier to identify and eradicate threats within a system. If an IT team locates a threat on their network, they can see what device led to that traffic on the network, what process on that device led to that traffic, and if other devices saw similar behaviors. Interoperability supports a complete, real-time perspective, while helping CIOs operate proactively and share intelligence with other stakeholders.
Predict, Prevent, Respond, and Recover
A reactive posture is no longer enough to safeguard your IT environment. CIOs must have a plan for threats that they don’t know about yet; and because cyber threats are rarely isolated incidents, CIOs need total and constant visibility to all aspects of their environment. With descriptive and predictive analytics across domains, IT managers can get a holistic risk picture that lets them understand the scope and likelihood of an attack.
HDS Federal Solutions
In addition to high-performance storage systems, Hitachi Data Systems Federal develops cost-saving solutions for best-in-class convergence, orchestration, analytics, and secure integration of your environments. You can store, organize, and search massive quantities of your sensor data and metadata; sync and share files; automate processes; and correlate complex data sets across multiple desperate platforms. With our toolsets, you can maximize the value of your data while gaining greater visibility and control across your technology ecosystem.
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