Data Storage: Storage Management: 10 Business Factors That Will Impact IT Pros in 2012

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-01-05 Print this article Print
Evolving Data Centers Yield Massive Data Growth

Evolving Data Centers Yield Massive Data Growth

New-generation data centers are undergoing a rapid shift to cloud-enabled services, mobile computing and 24/7 operations, which is leading to new methods of creating information that help enterprises grow. The side effects, naturally, are massive data growth and a new set of management challenges as organizations struggle to find ways to keep pace with growing volumes of data, more demanding service levels for recovery and collapsing backup windows. (Graphic courtesy Permabit)
A number of IT companies survey their customers and potential customers regularly to keep a handle on important new business requirements and trends, so they can update their products accordingly. Storage and information management software provider CommVault has released the results of its annual IT Spending Predictions Survey, detailing the storage purchasing plans, priorities and pressing issues facing IT organizations in 2012. One of the key points made in the survey is that IT storage pros will be walking a tightrope as they try to balance the need to drive projects to fruition while managing and protecting increasingly massive amounts of data. This, of course, is happening while they do battle with day-to-day budget, operational and IT requirements. The CommVault survey found that managing data growth, backup and recovery, disaster recovery, backup of virtual server environments and email/file archiving are the top five IT concerns facing end-user organizations in 2012. Here is a list of important factors that will be influencing storage professionals in 2012.
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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