Research: 2011 State of Storage

Feb 04, 2011


State of Storage 2011: Consolidation, Centralization

The stress on storage departments has been especially acute these past couple of years. But finally, technology evolution and product innovation—specifically in the areas of consolidation and convergence—are providing the means to handle double-digit growth rates with single-digit budget increases. And it’s a good thing, because our third annual InformationWeek Analytics State of Enterprise Storage Survey shows no letup in demand. The amount of actively managed storage continues to expand at around 20% per year, and we see a long tail of besieged IT staffs dealing
with growth rates exceeding 50%. At these levels, most data centers are doubling storage capacity every two to three years.

What’s standing between us and catastrophic overload? The continued evolution of higher-density magnetic media. Larger, faster and less expensive solid-state disks and integrated data reduction software. Virtualization to ease management of large storage pools. Data-reduction technologies and features, like thin provisioning, that make more efficient use of available capacity. And, if all else fails, the maturation of cloud services has turned online storage into a viable fallback for many types of data.

For this report, we fielded responses from 377 business technology professionals to see what’s changed, what hasn’t, which technologies and vendors are considered most important, and where organizations plan to spend their precious storage investment dollars. As in past years, we asked about everything from the amount of data being managed and its growth rate to project plans and the use of new storage technologies. The trick for storage managers is choosing wisely from the flood of new products and services. The guiding principle should be accelerating consolidation, and that requires a strategic review of the full gamut of storage technologies. This marketplace is like a vast buffet where you’ve got only one plate with no seconds allowed—you’ve got be selective. (R2050211)

Survey Name: InformationWeek Analytics 2011 State of Enterprise Storage Survey
Survey Date: November 2010
Region: North America
Number of Respondents: 377

Research Report