Finding the best storage solutions for the onslaught of data is one of the key issues for IT managers. Pain points, storage options and storage budgets are part of the findings in Tech Pro Research's latest report.
- Storage allocation within IT budget
- Increases in storage budget
- Technologies used to manage storage
- Major storage challenges
- Impact of big data on storage resources
- Public and private cloud use
- Preferred vendors
- Solid state storage
For example, despite the proliferation of cloud-based storage solutions, the vast majority of respondents prefer to have direct control over their data and store it in-house.
Nearly seven of 10 survey respondents opt for local storage. Network attached storage is used by 61%, while storage area networks, a more centralized approach, but still an one that keeps data inside the enterprise, is used by 63%.
And despite industry prognosticators having talked about its demise for years, tape is still a part of many company's storage strategy.
Trailing these on-premise solutions (and by a wide margin) are the cloud-based options.
Concerns over governance and data management control, liability for security breaches, and concerns about transfer speeds, make many organizations reluctant to outsource their storage to a third-party cloud provider, especially if that provider then leases its data center space from a second third party.
Now over time, if cloud-based providers can address these concerns, the use of cloud as an ancillary data storage outlet for enterprises is likely to grow -- but a major shift of data storage from the data center to the cloud is not immediately likely.
Storage pain points