Research: 2014 State of Storage

Jan 16, 2014


If you just look at vendor financials, the enterprise storage business seems stuck in neutral. However, flat revenue numbers mask a scorching pace of technical innovation, ongoing double-digit capacity growth in enterprises, and dramatic changes in how and where businesses store data. 

Among almost 250 respondents to our InformationWeek 2014 State of Enterprise Storage Survey, all from organizations with 50 or more employees and involved in storage strategy or operations:

>> 68% have data replication in production use.

>> 61% use SSDs for general databases, up from 45% in 2013.

>> 47% use Fibre Channel SANs, down from 51% last year.

>> 31% say they keep enterprise database/data warehouse data indefinitely.

>> 25% use multiprotocol arrays now and plan to add more in the future.

In this report, we discuss changes on tap for storage admins this year: 

>> Solid state will augment hard drives throughout the storage ecosystem — use flash wisely, and you could get all the benefit for short money.

>> Virtualization will help IT simplify, automate, and optimize data management, application placement, and ­capacity expansion via scale-out storage systems.

>> Cloud services will become a legitimate tier in the enterprise storage hierarchy. But beware of new data silos.

Respondent breakdown: 42% have 5,000 or more employees; 31% are over 10,000. Financial services, education, and IT vendors are well represented, and 38% are IT director/manager or IT executive management (C-level/VP) level. (R7740114)

Survey Name   InformationWeek 2014 State of Enterprise Storage Survey

Survey Date   January 2013

Region   North America

Number of Respondents    242 at organizations with 50 or more employees

Purpose   To gauge the state of storage technology adoption in the enterprise

Methodology   InformationWeek surveyed 242 business technology decision-makers involved with storage at North American organizations with 50 or more employees. The survey was conducted online, and respondents were recruited via an email invitation containing an embedded link to the survey. The email invitation was sent to qualified InformationWeek subscribers.



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