IDC Study Shows Increased Awareness and Adoption of Storage Efficiency Technologies
23 Aug 2012
FRAMINGHAM, Mass., August
23, 2012 —
The rapid increase in the amount of digital data that needs to be stored is
pressuring organizations to increase capital expenditures associated with the
acquisition of storage capacity and operating expenses associated with
management of this capacity. At the same time, economic issues are hindering
these organizations' ability to increase budgets to meet the growing demand for
storage. The resulting deadlock has paved the way for the adoption of various
technologies that help increase utilization of existing storage resources and
optimize the amount of data that needs to be stored.
The new International Data Corporation (IDC) Special Study, The Economic
Benefit of Storage Efficiency Technologies (IDC #236221), analyzes the
results of a United States–based survey of 500 storage end users that currently
deploy or plan to deploy storage and/or data efficiency technologies in their
datacenters as well as the benefits these users were able to gain as a result
of implementing these technologies. Technologies covered by this study include
thin provisioning, storage virtualization, storage tiering, data compression, data
deduplication, and thin replication.
Key findings in the study include:
of storage and data efficiency technologies typically comes in stages, starting
with data compression and deduplication, followed by storage virtualization and
tiering, and then by thin provisioning and replication.
is typical that end users' savings expectations in storage spending and storage
capacity as a result of implementing storage and data efficiency technologies
are lower than what current users were able to recognize in the past 12 months,
which suggests that future benefits might be underestimated.
compression and storage virtualization were identified as the two most adopted
storage efficiency technologies while data deduplication was named as the most
desirable storage efficiency technology for implementation in the near future.
IT organizations will continue to face
pressures influencing the ongoing adoption of storage efficiency technologies. This
pressure comes from an increased share of storage spending in the overall IT
budget as well as an annual growth in data ranging from 40-60%.
"Technologies that help increase
utilization of existing and new storage assets are widely welcomed by end
users," said Natalya
Yezhkova, research director, Storage Systems
at IDC. "IDC's research shows that the increased use of storage efficiency
technologies is one of the major contributing factors in the slowdown of
storage capacity shipments over the past 12 months. As awareness of these technologies
increases, storage vendors should be ready to deliver a variety of technologies
to the whole spectrum of customers, from large businesses all the way down to
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