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Compliance sorts itself out
Storage vendors have been hoping that regulatory compliance would spark a return to the buy-crazy days of the Internet boom. That's not happening, but storage managers are starting to sort out where they need to be relative to compliance regulations (see

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Compliance plans take shape). The number of respondent organizations increasing compliance spending climbed to an all-time high of 41%, up from 36% in the August 2004 Purchasing Intentions Survey (but up only slightly from the 39% cited in the March 2004 Purchasing Intentions Survey). Conversely, those not spending at all on compliance went through a similar shift, from 19% in March 2004 to 18% in August 2004 to 22% in March 2005. Both sets of increases are right around the margin of statistical significance, so these results bear watching and future confirmation.

Looked at another way, spending on compliance is being influenced by changes in the way storage managers conduct their backup and archival processes. Although respondents cited tape as the preferred medium for compliance-related archives (53%), that's down slightly from a year ago, while both conventional disk-based architectures and disk-based write once, read many (WORM) have risen slightly.

 

Spending still on the rise

 

Users adding to existing fabrics

This was first published in June 2005

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