Storage managers plan for busy 2011


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Based on our annual Storage Priorities Survey, it looks like a busy year -- storage budgets are up a bit and there are long to-do lists.

This month's Snapshot borrows from our annual priorities survey to provide a peek at what data storage managers have on their to-do lists for 2011. The most encouraging news is that nearly 42% of respondents say their budgets are up this year, while less than 16% still have to deal with shrinking budgets. But no matter what size your budget is, odds are a good part of it will go to new disk capacity, and in some cases, a lot of it. More than a third of those surveyed will add more than 50 TB of fresh disk in 2011, while another 27% anticipate adding 11 TB to 50 TB. But disk systems aren't getting all the attention, with two-thirds of our survey takers saying they'll upgrade their storage networks this year; 41% will add switches or switch ports, while 12% expect to install new SANs in their home offices or at remote sites. But the top priority -- as it has been for the past four years -- is dealing with backup. More than half expect to buy some backup and restore software in 2011, with more than a quarter of them citing server virtualization as the main reason for their planned purchases.

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"The cost of actual capacity is now so low it's almost free. However, the costs of dealing with the files that are stored are huge and rising."
-- Survey respondent

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

This was first published in February 2011

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