Storage budget recovery on a roll

Rich Castagna, Editorial Director

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No relief in sight for data growth

As usual, storage managers will have to find ways to wring every cent from their budgets, both to accommodate new capacity demands and to implement newer technologies that will help ease the annual capacity crunch through greater efficiencies.

Storage managers already have their hands full, with the average shop now managing 263 TB of disk capacity. That’s a pretty big number and it’s rising fast; it’s the highest average we’ve seen in the two years we’ve asked respondents about installed capacity, and it’s 5% higher than last spring. With an average of 77 TB of installed capacity, small businesses boast storage environments that would have rivaled most enterprises 10 or so years ago.


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And if managing more than a quarter of a petabyte of storage weren’t enough, those surveyed said they’ll add an average of 43 TB in 2011. After a dip in 2009 and relatively lower numbers on a couple of subsequent surveys, it looks like the capacity machine is cranking up again. Enterprise-class outfits are planning to add an average of 94 TB, midsized companies won’t be far behind with plans to add 43 TB, and even small companies are looking at an additional 22 TB of disk capacity.

This was first published in May 2011

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