Data Cholesterol

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What Does Data Cholesterol Mean?

Data cholesterol is a slang term that refers to the slowing effect that huge amounts of improperly managed information can have on an organization’s IT infrastructure. Large amounts of data can slow applications, make it difficult to find relevant information and generally impede an organization. Data cholesterol has many causes, including increased regulatory requirements that require more information to be stored for longer amounts of time, and a general increase in data gathering and analytical techniques.

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Techopedia Explains Data Cholesterol

Data cholesterol draws inspiration from the everyday cholesterol that blocks arteries and puts strain on an individual’s heart. Data cholesterol, therefore, puts strain on the organization’s networks and IT infrastructure. In practice, data cholesterol is most often employed as a marketing buzzword. Enterprise data management and other data management systems are usually promoted as solutions to organizational data cholesterol.

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Margaret Rouse
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Margaret is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical business audience. Over the past twenty years, her IT definitions have been published by Que in an encyclopedia of technology terms and cited in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine, and Discovery Magazine. She joined Techopedia in 2011. Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages.