Why Data Storage Issues Keep CIOs Up at Night

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 04-20-2017 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Why Data Storage Issues Keep CIOs Up at Night

    CIOs are concerned that ever-increasing data storage issues will stall digital transformation efforts. Find out how they're responding to this challenge.
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    Under Review
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    70% of the IT decision-makers surveyed said their company has reassessed its data storage approach and strategy within the past 12 months.
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    Growing Pains
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    Growing Pains

    92% said they are concerned about how data growth may cause storage issues that will stall digital transformation initiatives, and 35% of them worry about this "to a great extent."
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    Budget Burden
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    Budget Burden

    92% of the respondents are concerned about managing growing storage costs as capacity requirements increase, with 41% of them worrying about this "to a great extent."
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    Cost Consideration

    60% said the scrutiny of data storage spend has increased in their organization over the past two years. On average, data storage accounts for 7% of global IT budgets.
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    Data Management and Storage Priorities
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    Data Management and Storage Priorities

    Simplifying storage: 54%, Reducing operating expenses: 48%, Facilitating collaboration, innovation, flexibility: 45%, Addressing performance concerns: 43%, Increasing resilience: 40%
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    Most Common Storage Systems in Place

    Hybrid (flash and disk): 62%, Disk: 61%, Flash: 39%
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    Inquiring Minds

    Only 11% of the IT decision-makers surveyed said their company has adopted software-defined storage, but 95% said they are either very or quite interested in SDS.
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    On the Table

    63% said their organization will "realistically" adopt an SDS approach within the next 12 months.
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    Scaled for Success

    96% of the respondents would like to increase business scalability as a result of deploying SDS, and 95% would like to boost time, performance, technical and cost scalability.
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    Storage Solution Frustrations

    Costs: 80%, Performance issues: 74%, Complexities: 71%, Inability to support innovation and drive value: 68%, Lack of agility or ability to support business changes: 68%
 

With storage capabilities struggling to keep up with the growth of data, the majority of CIOs and other organizational leaders are reassessing their data storage approaches and strategies, according to a recent survey from SUSE. The resulting report, "Numbers Tell Stories," indicates that most IT decision-makers are concerned that data growth may cause storage issues that will stall digital transformation initiatives. They're also worried that storage costs will rise dramatically as capacity requirements increase. Given this, most said their company is moving toward the adoption of software-defined storage. Through SDS, virtualization separates storage hardware from the software that manages it, enabling IT departments to pursue the provisioning and management of data storage independently of hardware. In the process, companies simplify storage processes and reduce expenses, while boosting collaboration, innovation and flexibility. "In today's economy, every company is essentially a data storage company," said Joseph George, SUSE vice president of Solution Strategy. Organizations "are archiving email, distributing large video files and are now starting to store petabytes of data, often for years due to record retention policies and regulatory requirements. Storage is at an inflection point where traditional … approaches are being reevaluated in light of growing data demands and more scalable, affordable options. Fortunately, there is a steady stream of innovation coming from the open-source community to help enterprises ease cost and implementation frustrations." More than 1,200 global IT decision-makers took part in the research, which was conducted by Loudhouse.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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