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This article is part of the Vol. 7 No. 4 June 2008 issue of The top email archiving strategies for storage managers
Increased capacity demands are the overriding theme of this year's Storage Purchasing Intentions survey. As if traveling through the eye of a storm, storage managers enjoyed a brief respite from the ever-escalating need for more disk capacity last year. But that serenity was short-lived. As anyone who has weathered a hurricane can attest, the backside of a storm can be even more forbidding than the initial impact. Last year, Storage magazine's Storage Purchasing Intentions survey revealed a slowdown in the amount of disk storage companies intended to add. At that time, respondents said the average capacity they expected to add was 38TB--hardly small change, but it did represent a slight dip from 2006's 40TB. This year, on average, storage managers expect to add 47TB of new disk capacity (see "Relentless growth of disk capacity" below). Not all companies will add so much capacity, but most will have to increase disk space to their existing infrastructure. "We estimate somewhere around 35TB," says Jean Kocur, information systems director at Pittsburgh-based ... Access >>>
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The big crunch: Capacity grows, budgets shrink
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