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Users claim the upper hand in disk storage capacity struggle

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A majority of storage managers take a proactive approach and use efficiency tools to control disk storage capacity before it gets out of hand; get the results from our latest user survey.

Keeping track of disk storage capacity is a never-ending but necessary chore. You don't want to get caught short when your apps unexpectedly get hungry for more disk, but you don't want to

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waste money on spare capacity that may never be used. Many of our survey's 300-plus respondents think they have it under control: 21% tell us their capacity usage estimates are exact, while 47% say they're "pretty close." Estimating accuracy is a 50-50 toss-up for 22% and 10% fess up that they're "just guessing." The most popular tools for tracking capacity are the freebies that come with arrays (42%); but 33% have shelled out some dough for management apps and 12% still rely on good old Excel spreadsheets. But storage managers take a proactive approach and use efficiency tools to control disk storage capacity before it gets out of hand. Archivers (42%) are the most popular tools, followed by compression (37%), thin provisioning (36%) and automated tiering (30%). The average installed disk capacity is 287 TB, with only 54% actually used.

About the author: 
Rich Castagna is editorial director of TechTarget's Storage Media Group.


This was first published in February 2013

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