It's hard to make a general statement about data center storage growth, since it varies by company. I find that most data centers I have been in usually experience between 10-20% growth rate year over year. This does vary though. I have some accounts growing at 100% per quarter, and others who are static.
One thing that is common though is that since most environments are moving to a SAN, consolidation of servers is a natural path.
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This was first published in November 2002