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Storage budget recovery on a roll

Rich Castagna, Editorial Director
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On the other end of the virtualization spectrum, there are still issues related to administering storage for virtualized server environments. Fibre Channel storage (47%) is still the top choice for virtual server storage, with iSCSI making some modest gains but still far behind at 20%.

There are still kinks to work out: Nearly two-thirds said they’re using more storage with virtualized servers than they did before. And while only one-third said virtualizing servers has made storage management a tougher job, 50% indicated they’ll be shopping for management tools in 2011 to better manage their storage for virtual servers.

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Among other efficiency technologies, data reduction for primary storage is getting a lot of attention: 37% have already implemented it or will this year, and another 37% plan to evaluate data reduction products. Those numbers place the technology just behind deduplication for backup, which once again tops our list of “hot technologies.”

Automated tiering software, which can help preserve high-cost disk real estate, has been or will be implemented by 23% of those surveyed, with 37% expecting to evaluate it. It’s also interesting to note that 10 Gbps Ethernet products were third on the list (46% implementing and 27% evaluating); the effects of high-speed Ethernet will likely ripple through the data center, affecting both data and storage networks, along with the viability (and cost-effectiveness) of iSCSI storage systems.

Light at the end of the tunnel?

The improving storage budget statistics over the last two years are pretty solid proof that IT shops are emerging from their economic doldrums. And that’s good news as storage systems -- and storage staffs -- continue to be stressed by capacity and performance issues. Typically, year-over-year budget change numbers are somewhat lower on our spring surveys than on the autumn editions. Maybe this spring’s good news will be even better by fall.

BIO: Rich Castagna (rcastagna@storagemagazine.com) is editorial director of the Storage Media Group.

This was first published in May 2011

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