IT feels the strain from surge in data volumes

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

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By  Administrator Published  March 1, 2007

Soaring data volumes are rapidly cranking up the pressure on IT infrastructure, according to a report by 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 66% of the companies 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 firms 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 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.

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