STORAGE REQUIREMENTS DOUBLED IN 2002
New research from SNIA-E shows exponential growth in storage requirements
London / Paris –22nd April 2003 – Research from the Storage Networking Industry Association Europe (SNIA-E) shows that IT storage requirements are outstripping the two-fold increments of Moore’s law, with 30% of respondents in the SNIA-E Storage Audit 2002 claiming that their storage requirements had grown by 100% or more in the previous 12 months. A staggering 9% had seen growth of over 200%. The consensus of those surveyed was that this growth was set to continue at roughly the same rate over the coming year.
The SNIA-E survey also found that customer relationship management (CRM) and e-commerce requirements were the smallest growth categories of data to require storage and management, at just 28% and 22% respectively. This could be due to the continued slowdown in the market economy, or simply that companies are still reticent to fully embrace and utilise the CRM and e-commerce technologies that are on offer. Unsurprisingly, the key data types that were pushing demand in storage growth were databases (73%) and e-mail (63%).
Total cost of ownership (TCO) was the key driver (38%) for respondents when looking to make purchases to deal with the continued growth of data that they were expected to manage. Ease of management, reduced downtime, integration and scalability were all close contenders in the list of priorities. Administration of storage requirements is a notoriously difficult task, and is a key focus area for the SNIA-E during 2003, with the continued development of the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMIS) to alleviate some of these headaches for end-users.
Charles Inches, Chairman of the SNIA Europe end-user advisory board said of the research: “This research highlights the importance of calculating TCO before investing in new storage solutions, as well as choosing the right type of storage to meet increasing demands. Networked storage offers improved manageability, and initiatives such as the SNIA’s Shared Storage Model can help end users ensure that they derive the most benefit from their storage infrastructures.”
Michel Grosbost, Chairman of the SNIA Europe added: “The continuing explosion of information overload from databases and e-mail shows no sign of abating in the near future. IT directors are facing a constant battle to contain and effectively manage this information. While new operating systems, such as Microsoft’s Windows Server 2003 may reduce the volume of data by consolidating information via single sign-in options and improved database management tools, this is in an early adoption phase. So long as the growth in business conducted via e-mail continues and databases increasingly offer improved functionality, then networked storage is an optimum solution to keep track of data.”
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According to Moore’s Law processing power doubles every year
About the SNIA Europe Storage Audit
The audit was based on a questionnaire issued by SNIA Europe to obtain the views of organisations on issues regarding data storage. Responses were obtained from 100 respondents representing storage professionals from end-user organisations throughout Europe. Responses were collected during the period of September 2002 through to January 2003 at a variety of European events and via SNIA Europe’s website. A full copy of the report is available from Omarketing Limited.
About the Storage Networking Industry Association Europe (SNIA-E)
The Storage Networking Industry Association is a not-for-profit organisation made up of more than 300 companies and individuals worldwide spanning virtually the entire storage industry – end users, vendors and resellers. SNIA members share a common goal: to set the pace of the industry by ensuring that storage networks become efficient, complete and trusted solutions across the IT community.
To this end, the SNIA is uniquely committed to delivering standards, education and services that will propel open storage networking solutions into the broader market. For information, contact the SNIA Europe on +33 1 47 49 06 23 or +33 1 34 58 46 72 or via e-mail at email@example.com, or visit the SNIA web site at www.snia-europe.org
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