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
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
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
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