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Data storage upgrades are a significant cause of business disruption

Gridstore has published findings from a new study on the top IT pain points impacting today’s mid-market enterprises. The study revealed that managing the storage lifecycle due to ‘staggering’ data growth is a significant challenge for IT administrators. Organizations are faced with the need to both overcome storage limitations and the resulting complexity and expense of storage upgrades and over-provisioning storage to accommodate for this growth.

Key findings of the study found that during a major storage upgrade:

  • 55 percent of mid-market enterprises experienced business and end user disruption;
  • 32 percent experienced failed upgrade process where migrations didn’t complete, and;
  • 9 percent lost data or access to data during the migration.

As many as 71 percent of the survey respondents reported that they were adding storage and capacity every 6 to 12 months. The majority (63 percent) of those surveyed had a storage environment of between 50 and 250 TB in capacity.

When asked what their top challenges are today, the survey respondents commented that keeping data cost effective, responsive and adequate for growing businesses’ needs; backing up vast amounts of data; catching up with the growth of data and the expense to do that; and, hitting capacity limits too quickly were their top concerns.

For more information on the Gridstore survey, click here.

•Date: 22nd Feb 2013 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

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