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Efficiency is still in vogue

One of the lasting effects of the punishing economy is a new emphasis on efficiency. Technologies like thin provisioning gained a solid foothold over the past few years, while newer techs, like primary data deduplication and compression, are stirring up plenty of interest if not a lot of product choices (yet). Data storage tiering languished when it was called information lifecycle management (ILM), but has taken on new life as an enabler for the efficient use of solid-state and spinning disk technologies. Data archivers, typically implemented for compliance and storage management, are used by 70% of respondent organizations, and 48% are looking to add new data archiving capabilities this year.

STORAGE EFFICIENCY TECHS GAIN GROUND

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Running the numbers:

  • Overall, 36% of those surveyed use some form of primary storage data reduction and 36% are evaluating it
  • 27% use automated storage tiering (AST) and 32% are evaluating it
  • Email archiving is used by 41% of respondents; 40% use file system archivers

Key statistic:

Multiprotocol arrays are used by 36% of respondents to gain storage capacity efficiencies

BIO: Rich Castagna is editorial director of the Storage Media Group.

 

This was first published in October 2011

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