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Everybody's talking about storage efficiency, but how are we really doing? Judging from our latest survey, there seems to be a sense of accomplishment tempered by a bit of frustration. While most respondents feel their companies use storage pretty efficiently, there's still plenty of disk capacity being wasted because admins just don't have the right tools to stay on top of the situation. More than two-thirds (68%) say they'd do a better job if they had better tools, and nearly half are looking for a little more cooperation from users (45%) and management (44%). Most storage pros (66%) rely on the tools that came with their storage systems to manage capacity use, while 30% have third-party apps to help them out. Among the newer storage efficiency technologies, storage tiering (49%) and archiving (48%) are most commonly used to keep the lid on capacity. And while everybody complains about storing old, useless files, only 31% have a process or program in place for data deletion.
"Although there's no shortage of vendor-supplied tools and third-party software to assist today's storage managers, it remains nearly impossible to alter storage consumers' behavior."
-- Survey respondent
BIO: Rich Castagna (firstname.lastname@example.org) is editorial director of the Storage Media Group.
This was first published in March 2011