Discover And De-Clutter Your Unstructured Data With Aparavi


June 12th, 2022

49 mins 12 secs

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About this Episode


Unstructured data takes many forms in an organization. From a data engineering perspective that often means things like JSON files, audio or video recordings, images, etc. Another category of unstructured data that every business deals with is PDFs, Word documents, workstation backups, and countless other types of information. Aparavi was created to tame the sprawl of information across machines, datacenters, and clouds so that you can reduce the amount of duplicate data and save time and money on managing your data assets. In this episode Rod Christensen shares the story behind Aparavi and how you can use it to cut costs and gain value for the long tail of your unstructured data.


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  • Your host is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Rod Christensen about Aparavi, a platform designed to find and unlock the value of data, no matter where it lives


  • Introduction
  • How did you get involved in the area of data management?
  • Can you describe what Aparavi is and the story behind it?
  • Who are the target customers for Aparavi and how does that inform your product roadmap and messaging?
  • What are some of the insights that you are able to provide about an organization’s data?
    • Once you have generated those insights, what are some of the actions that they typically catalyze?
  • What are the types of storage and data systems that you integrate with?
  • Can you describe how the Aparavi platform is implemented?
    • How do the trends in cloud storage and data systems influence the ways that you evolve the system?
  • Can you describe a typical workflow for an organization using Aparavi?
  • What are the mechanisms that you use for categorizing data assets?
    • What are the interfaces that you provide for data owners and operators to provide heuristics to customize classification/cataloging of data?
  • How can teams integrate with Aparavi to expose its insights to other tools for uses such as automation or data catalogs?
  • What are the most interesting, innovative, or unexpected ways that you have seen Aparavi used?
  • What are the most interesting, unexpected, or challenging lessons that you have learned while working on Aparavi?
  • When is Aparavi the wrong choice?
  • What do you have planned for the future of Aparavi?

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Parting Question

  • From your perspective, what is the biggest gap in the tooling or technology for data management today?

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