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Vol. 6 No. 9 November 2007

Report: Midmarket storage pros favor single-vendor strategy

Fueled by capacity expansion and the need for improved data protection, medium-sized companies are predicted to increase their 2008 storage budgets by 10%, according to the "Midmarket Storage Update: 2007" published recently by Forrester Research. "That's not just inflation," says Forrester senior analyst Michael Speyer. "That's new investment dollars." With a seemingly nonstop flurry of product announcements aimed at the midmarket, it's clear there's plenty of competition for those dollars. Vendors of all sizes are aware that medium-sized businesses have smaller IT staffs and budgets, which creates a demand for increased automation and improved management capabilities. In the midmarket, says Speyer, storage decision makers have shown they prefer a single-vendor strategy. Sixty-four percent of midmarket companies in the Forrester Research survey purchase storage from a single vendor as opposed to 33% of larger companies. Forrester defines a midmarket company as having somewhere between 100 and 999 employees. Dell (49%) and ...

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Features in this issue

  • Survey Says: Still coping with capacity

  • Solid-state storage finds its niche

    by  Alan Radding

    Storage managers facing critical storage performance problems and needing maximum IOPS have found a feasible option in solid-state disk. Solid-state storage is fast, cool and it barely sips power, but it's still far more expensive than traditional media.

  • Where encryption fits best

    by  Jerome Wendt

    Everybody knows they should encrypt tapes that go offsite, but many are still on the fence about where encryption should occur in their storage environments. There are a number of options, ranging from using your backup app's encryption capabilities to installing a purpose-built encryption appliance. We weigh the pros and cons of the available alternatives so that you can decide which approach best suits your shop.

Columns in this issue

  • Editorial: Web services for storage? It's already happening

    Web services for storage? It's already happening

  • Hot Spots: Web 2.0 storage: Challenges and choices

    by  Bob Laliberte

    Web 2.0 tools and strategies hold many potential benefits for businesses that deploy them, but their requirements for rapidly scalable storage and access, as well as persistent data, pose significant challenges for the IT staffs that need to build and manage the infrastructure.

  • Best Practices: Tackling data migration

    Data center projects often involve migrating data, which is frequently a painful process that can lead to unplanned downtime and outages. It's time to adopt consistent, repeatable migration practices. Selecting the right approach is highly dependent on infrastructure limitations, data and platform types, time constraints and staff capabilities.

  • Storage Bin 2.0: Virtually changing everything

    Server virtualization drives storage growth and dramatically drives the proliferation of storage networking. This is enabling the re-invention of how we manage, protect, store and access information.