ESG estimates that database data is growing at 25% per annum, with unstructured data increasing at two to three times that rate. This growth is fueled by a dependence on digital assets to conduct business and the need to support an increasingly mobile workforce. Collaboration, Web 2.0 applications, and use of messaging systems also contribute to information growth.
Retention policies dictated by corporate and regulatory mandates exacerbate primary information growth as organizations are required to save data for longer periods of time. Additionally, companies are saving historical information in an effort to improve business intelligence processes as decision support functions benefit from having access to more data.
(Source: ESG REPORT – Why CIOs Should Look To Data Deduplication)