Storage needs soar, budgets stagnate

IT shops are turning to new ways to manage ballooning storage volumes, according to analysts Meta Group.

Budgets for storage will remain constant year on year, yet alarmingly, respondents to a Meta Group survey anticipate a 90 per cent growth rate through to 2004.

The survey of 328 senior-level IT professionals revealed that 60 per cent of IT organisations will turn to enterprise storage consolidation solutions to improve utilisation, lower cost of ownership, and increase ROI in storage.

Meta Group analyst Sean Derrington, who co-authored the study -- Meta Group's Enterprise Storage: Technology Adoption and Deployment Trends - said, "Storage volumes are growing at phenomenal rates, yet IT organisations cannot justify ballooning storage budgets."

Derrington said users need to be aware that business requirements and storage technology have both become far more complex.

Key findings of the study include:

* Backup and recovery, such as disaster recovery capabilities, remains the number-one spending priority.

* ROI represents the main challenge for storage consolidation initiatives.

* Significant drop off exists for the adoption of individual tape and dedicated storage for servers. There is also a strong propensity toward the use of SANs while the percentage of respondents looking at NAS implementations is expected to remain flat through 2004.

* Enforced storage policies and centralised storage administration are needed.

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