The Changing Dynamics of Data Storage

By Michael Vizard  |  Posted 06-06-2013
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A new survey of 568 IT professionals working in organizations with 200 or more employees conducted by NaviSite, a cloud service provider, finds that nearly one-quarter of an organization’s IT budget is now allocated to data storage and that, due to compliance issues, knowing the location of data is becoming a critical issue.

Three-fourths of the organizations said that they have a critical need to know where their data is housed, and nearly half of organizations currently store their data in more than three locations, which presents a range of logistical and security challenges.

For all of those concerns, however, the NaviSite survey also finds that when it comes to storage and data management technologies, pricing remains the number one concern, followed by security.

The findings suggest that given the pressure being applied in the form of IT budgets, more organizations are insisting on higher-quality data storage capabilities at the most aggressive price points possible regardless of the amount of data being stored or the performance requirements being demanded.

When Selecting Storage and Data Management Solutions, What Is Most Important?  Price wins solidly over security.   Pricing: 80%, Security: 73%, Meets compliance targets: 54%, Location: 25%, Breadth of vendor services: 23%, Customer references: 21%

The Changing Dynamics of Data Storage
Mike Vizard has been covering IT issues in the enterprise for 25 years as an editor and columnist for publications such as InfoWorld, eWeek, Baseline, CRN, ComputerWorld and Digital Review.

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