Data Storage: New-Generation IT Storage: 10 Facts CIOs, CTOs Need to Know

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-03-29 Print this article Print
Users Are Bypassing IT to Use Cloud Services

Users Are Bypassing IT to Use Cloud Services

While "cloud" is possibly at the peak of inflated expectations, the by-product of increased pressure on internal IT groups is real. Many companies are looking to cloud vendors who say they can deliver cheaper, faster and higher-quality services, and a lot of these vendors are public cloud providers.
Everyone knows the global appetite for storage is growing at an astonishing rate—around 70 percent per year, reports the Gartner Group. While that makes storage vendors quite happy, there are other implications. With so many new IT choices coming along, C-level IT administrators have more decisions to make than ever. A simple but major one is this: Where to put all this valuable enterprise data, keep it secure and make it easily accessible to the right people at the same time? IT administrators can receive thousands of storage requests, and responding is a time-consuming chore, especially for a limited staff. But with the coming of the Virtualization Age, new automated data management controls, more capacious media, and faster and cooler-running processors, things have changed for the better in the storage space. Yes, CIOs and CTOs have many things to worry about—storage being but one of them—but there are a few fundamental points about which they may need to be reminded. Along with eWEEK, Brent Rhymes, president and CEO of iWave Software, explores 10 facts about next-generation IT storage that impact the jobs of CIOs and CTOs.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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