Enterprise storage growth

Research from the Meta Group indicates that storage management automation; standards and process will remain immature through 2006.

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By  Sarah Gain Published  March 28, 2005

A study carried out by research firm the Meta Group shows that the net annual storage growth will average up to 25% for enterprise (monolithic), around 50% for midrange (modular), and 80% to 85% for low-cost, capacity-based (SATA/ATA) storage, yielding aggregate storage growth of 45% per year. In five years, such robust growth rates will yield 34 times more storage capacity on the floor and without enhanced storage processes, management, and automation, effective utilisation of storage assets will continue to be a major data centre issue. Modular or midrange solutions can effectively address more than 70% of data centre storage requirements, with enterprise-class solutions addressing the remaining (and more demanding) 20%-30%. The analyst house expects price-effective modular solutions to represent in the region of 85% of all installed data centre storage by 2009, as more advanced functionality of enterprise-class arrays migrates to modular solutions. Currently, only half of data centres have both enterprise and modular storage tiers, and fewer than 30% are taking advantage of cost-effective capacity solutions. The surge in uptake for improved storage solutions can be contributed to more stringent compliance and regulation requirements and companies in the region are finding that they need to deploy new or updated applications to provide the necessary multiple copies of critical data to address data warehouse requirements, testing and availability issues.

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