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Vol. 7 No. 4 June 2008

The big crunch: Capacity grows, budgets shrink

Increased capacity demands are the overriding theme of this year's Storage Purchasing Intentions survey. As if traveling through the eye of a storm, storage managers enjoyed a brief respite from the ever-escalating need for more disk capacity last year. But that serenity was short-lived. As anyone who has weathered a hurricane can attest, the backside of a storm can be even more forbidding than the initial impact. Last year, Storage magazine's Storage Purchasing Intentions survey revealed a slowdown in the amount of disk storage companies intended to add. At that time, respondents said the average capacity they expected to add was 38TB--hardly small change, but it did represent a slight dip from 2006's 40TB. This year, on average, storage managers expect to add 47TB of new disk capacity (see "Relentless growth of disk capacity" below). Not all companies will add so much capacity, but most will have to increase disk space to their existing infrastructure. "We estimate somewhere around 35TB," says Jean Kocur, information systems ...

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  • 10 key considerations for email archiving

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  • Ask the Expert: Connecting two data centers

    I'm connecting two data centers, 70km apart, and I want to use EMC Symmetrix for synchronous replication. Will that distance work?

  • Migrate data without mistakes

    by  Deni Connor

    Data migrations are a fact of life. In many cases, the migration ends up being a tedious process. Automated tools can help ease migration woes. Host-based migration software takes the load off the storage array and can easily bridge the gap when migrating data between heterogeneous storage systems. But array-based migration may be preferred for technology refreshes.

  • The big crunch: Capacity grows, budgets shrink

    The brief respite storage managers enjoyed from the ever-escalating need for more disk capacity appears to be over. Respondents to our 2008 Purchasing Intentions survey say they'll add an average of 47TB of new disk capacity this year. But they'll have to do it with smaller storage budgets. And while virtualization could help respondents use their storage more efficiently, it's still receiving a cool reception.

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