Companies must adapt to meet storage needs

Organisations are adopting new approaches to managing their ever-growing data storage volume, according to Meta Group.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  August 12, 2002

Organisations are adopting new approaches to managing their ever-growing data storage volume, according to Meta Group.

The analyst house says that 60% of IT organisations will turn to enterprise storage consolidation solutions to improve utilisation, lower cost of ownership and increase return on storage investments. It also predicts a 90% growth in storage requirements through to 2004.

"Storage volumes are growing at phenomenal rates, yet IT organisations cannot justify ballooning storage budgets," says Meta Group analyst, Sean Derrington.

"Storage consolidation solutions are now being adopted within mainstream IT organisations, because they realise a flexible, consolidated infrastructure can help manage the increased demands for data availability and evolving application requirements without breaking the budget," he adds.

Meta suggests that IT organisations should expect the budget allocation for overall storage services, hardware and software to be a consistent percentage of the IT budget each year.

"If not tightly controlled, costs tend to increase because business requirements have become more complex," explains Derrington.

"Another important factor of complexity is the storage technology itself, which offers various solutions — from offline storage devices, to network-attached storage (NAS) and storage-area networks (SANs). It is critical that users first understand which problems they are trying to solve," he adds.

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