In April 2014, EMC sponsored an IDC study which concluded that the digital universe was doubling every two years, and that it will grow from 4.4 trillion gigabytes to 44 trillion gigabytes between 2013 and 2020. Accordingly, finding a way to manage this influx of data is now a top priority on every IT and storage manager’s list.
Despite the rising pressures of burgeoning data and business demands for faster data access, however, storage is still largely relegated to a “commodity” role in the data center. Those who manage it are not usually seen as IT strategists, and those who make the final decisions to buy storage are not usually storage experts.
Nonetheless, fundamental change is beginning to assert itself in storage decisions. To find out the latest data pertaining to data storage, Tech Pro Research conducted a survey in May and June 2015 to find out how big data and other factors are impacting storage within organizations. 126 respondents participated in the online survey.
The survey showed that greater attention is being placed on whether this storage is as optimized and well managed as it could be. Server virtualization in particular has contributed to storage waste, because IT often forgets to deimplement virtual servers (and the storage dedicated to them) when their work is done. Secondly, if virtualization of servers in the data center has been a success, it has certainly lagged in the area of virtualized storage. Storage is still widely deployed on physical devices throughout the data center and throughout the business. Cloud-based storage is a possibility for dealing with the data deluge, but companies are still cautious about consigning their data to the cloud, especially in an era when cloud data security and governance are suspect, and when the Ponemon Institute reports that 43% of businesses experienced a data breach in 2014.