IT under pressure as data volumes rocket

Soaring data volumes are rapidly cranking up the pressure on IT infrastructure, according to a report by European analyst firm PMP Research, which surveyed some 100 companies across a number of different vertical markets.

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  February 11, 2007

Soaring data volumes are rapidly cranking up the pressure on IT infrastructure, according to a report by European analyst firm PMP Research, which surveyed some 100 companies across a number of different vertical markets. The research report found that 83% of those polled claimed that their storage requirements had increased significantly compared to two years ago, with 79% reporting that data volumes had grown substantially during that period. The report discovered that many organisations are now struggling to contain the explosion in data and storage requirements. From the companies polled, one in ten claimed that their storage requirements had almost tripled in the last two years. A surge in e-mail usage, the introduction of more desktop PCs and the rise of departmental-based systems were all cited as reasons behind the surge in storage demands. According to the survey, the majority of companies now plan to start cracking down on inappropriate e-mail usage, with 73% preparing to take active steps to bring the situation under control. Just over two thirds of the organisations contacted for the survey were either rationalising, or planning to rationalise, the number of servers used within their IT environment in order to improve their business continuity and disaster planning agreements. IT security remains a top priority, with more than two-thirds of companies questioned citing data security as the most important factor when it comes to making infrastructure decisions. Data security was viewed as more important than both IT responsiveness and also ease of IT management. Surprisingly, reducing the cost of IT infrastructure came bottom of the pile. More than half of those polled already use managed services or outsourcing suppliers to handle their business continuity needs, with a further 13% contemplating a similar move. An impressive 91% of organisations questions had an employee responsible for overseeing IT investment and systems performance with 64% of companies declaring that this was a board-level appointment. Approximately one hundred large organisations were surveyed with more than half posting annual sales in excess of US$200m. The survey covered a number of vertical sectors including manufacturing, public sector and financial services.

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