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 isn't the hottest topic in tech. But with rise of big data and the digitization of practically everything, finding a way to manage the huge influx of data should be a top priority on every IT manager's list.
To better understand which storage technologies they're investing in, the major challenges they face, and who's making the storage decisions, Tech Pro Research surveyed over 125 business professionals about their organization's approach to data storage.
The results, available in the full report, Data storage: Preferred vendors, demands, challenges, were very enlightening. Topics covered include:
  • 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


Drivers for storage resource optimization/expansion
Direct control desired


 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


When asked about the storage challenges they face in the data center, an overwhelming number of respondents picked cost.
While surging capacity is the major driver of storage needs, as acknowledged by 52% of respondents, the real pain point, since storage is often viewed as a commodity, is having enough money to simply buy more storage when you need it.
Yet this way of thinking is slowing changing. And as the mixing of new storage technologies with legacy systems adds complexity to the data center, companies are looking for ways to better manage their storage needs not just throw money at them. (+)


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