Bob Venable, manager of enterprise systems for Blue Cross, Blue Shield in Tennessee talks to SearchStorage about his storage plans for 2006.
SearchStorage: What's your most important storage project for 2006?
Venable: We're looking for a content addressable file system to automate data migration between tiers of storage (including tape if we can).
SearchStorage: What are the key storage trends in your industry?
Venable: Massive growth of data and increasing data security is required. Encryption of data in flight and at rest is a growing concern. We grew 120% in disk this year. Information lifecycle management (ILM) will be important for keeping and finding every e-mail and PC document; along with document policies to delete when unneeded.
SearchStorage: What do you think will be the biggest hurdles to implementing storage in the coming year?
Venable: Changing a storage model that has worked well in the past into a massive growth phase.
SearchStorage: What storage technologies are you evaluating for 2006? What looks interesting to you? Venable: We will look at continuous data protection and SAN-wide data migration and "find" capabilities.
SearchStorage: What kind of staff changes do you expect, if any, in 2006? What skills are you looking for your staff to gain?
Venable: The goal is to keep our storage staff part of the overall computing and corporate environment -- so that we are not too isolated from the ever-changing big picture.
SearchStorage: How do you see your storage utilization changing for the coming year?
Venable: It's ever-increasing. But even with metrics to show file utilization percentages, the problem is figuring out what data is really needed.