Study: E-Commerce Drives NAS, SAN in Asia-Pacific

The high data storage and transfer requirements of electronic commerce are causing a fundamental shift in the way network managers in the Asia-Pacific region view their enterprise network architectures and their corporate data center strategies, according to International Data Corp. (IDC).

This will result in a strong move towards implementing SANs (Storage Area Networks) and NAS (Network Attached Storage), according to a survey of 827 companies conducted by IDC. Current use is limited, with around 13 percent of companies surveyed using either SAN or NAS, but current levels of interest in these storage technologies as a strategic solution should not be underestimated, the market researcher said in a statement ThursdayNAS is relatively inexpensive and easy to implement, using proven Ethernet or SCSI (Small Computer Systems Interface) technology. SAN, which often uses fiber-optic connections, is potentially more powerful but also more expensive and harder to implement.

Network managers in the Asia-Pacific region will use SAN to provide enterprises with centralization of storage management and reduce inefficiencies as well as lower the overall cost of storage. SAN also provides scalability with dynamic switching, quicker data access and better server asset management, according to IDC.

NAS, meanwhile, will form the core of an emerging class of lower-cost networks for smaller enterprises, providing efficiencies for collaborative applications and information distribution, IDC said.

The more advanced regional IT markets are the quickest adopters of SAN and NAS technology.

In Singapore, 20 percent of enterprises are already using or implementing SAN or NAS, and the majority of the rest will evaluate the technology within the next three years, according to the IDC survey. In Australia, 10 percent of enterprises are SAN/NAS users and half of the country's enterprises will consider the technology.

But in China, considerably less than 10 percent of enterprises are thinking about evaluating SAN/NAS for possible future use, IDC said.

IDC is a subsidiary of International Data Group Inc., the parent company of IDG News Service.

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