By Michael Krieger  |  Posted 2001-06-01 Print this article Print

The importance of making the right storage decisions has never been greater: Without a strategy to provide the capacity your company needs, your networks and mission-critical applications will grind to a halt. Data centers are doubling their storage needs annually: According to Dataquest, about 299,344 terabytes—or 299,344,000,000,000,000 bytes—of disk storage for corporate networks and servers were purchased in the year 2000.

That number will reach 7.18 million terabytes by 2005. That goes a long way toward explaining why U.K. IT research firm Butler Group predicts that storage hardware will account for two-thirds of the total annual IT hardware budget by 2003.

Thankfully, the price of raw disk storage will continue to fall, accelerating to an annual average decrease of 41 percent. With so much at stake, how do you think through a corporate storage strategy? This decision tree from Michael Krieger, a vice president with Ziff Davis Market Experts, can help you choose between server- and network-based options.

Michael has been involved in various disciplines in the information technology field for more than 25 years. His background and experience in product development, marketing and sales give him a unique perspective on how and why companies succeed in the technology marketplace. Before joining Ziff Davis Market Experts, he was a senior VP for marketing at FutureLink, a large ASP based in Southern California. He previously was VP of marketing for Hitachi Data SystemsÔÇÖ server product line, and also was a senior product manager for AST Research's server and data communications product lines.

His entrepreneurial experience includes founding Solution Business Systems, a developer of manufacturing software for IBM midrange systems. He was also VP of product development at Techland Systems, one of the industry's first creators of micro-to-mainframe emulators.

Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
Manage your Newsletters: Login   Register My Newsletters

Rocket Fuel