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IBM survey looks into views on data storage

IBM has released the findings of a customer survey that ‘demonstrates pent-up demand for solid-state disk technology as a successor to flash and hard-disk drives’. Customers are embracing high-performance solid-state disks to support growing data storage demands driven by cloud computing and analytics technologies.

More than half of the customers surveyed (57 percent) responded that their organization needs to develop a new storage approach to manage future growth. The survey of 250 US IT professionals in decision-making positions was conducted by Zogby International in August 2011 on behalf of IBM.

The survey demonstrates a need for a new class of storage that can expand the market for solid-state drives (SSDs) by combining increased data delivery with lower costs and other benefits. Nearly half (43 percent) of IT decision makers say they have plans to use SSD technology in the future or are already using it. Speeding delivery of data was the motivation behind 75 percent of respondents who plan to use or already use SSD technology. Those survey respondents who are not currently using SSD said cost was the reason (71 percent).

Other findings included:

  • Nearly half (43 percent) say they are concerned about managing Big Data;
  • About a third of all respondents (32 percent) say they either plan to switch to more cloud storage in the future or currently use cloud storage;
  • Nearly half (48 percent) say they plan on increasing storage investments in the area of virtualization, cloud (26 percent) and flash memory/solid state (24 percent) and analytics (22 percent); and
  • More than a third (38 percent) say their organization's storage needs are growing primarily to drive business value from data. Adhering to government compliance and regulations that require organizations to store more data for longer - sometimes up to a decade - was also a leading factor (29 percent).

www.ibm.com/storage

•Date: 23rd September 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

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