10 Important Facts About Data Storage in the Enterprise

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2014-07-03 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Businesses struggle mightily with the deluge of data flooding their systems, and they are trying to figure out how to put it to active use. Adding to the challenge is the presence of inactive data, an increasing burden, which requires mixed-media solutions such as cloud storage, storage-area networks (SANs) or network-attached storage (NAS) devices. Most organizations continue to use expensive primary storage systems for infrequently accessed data, according to a study from cloud storage provider TwinStrata. Organizations engaging in this practice spend significantly more of their annual IT budget on storage than their peers, according to the study, which is based on a survey of 254 IT professionals involved in their organizations' storage strategy. IT teams are struggling under the weight of traditional storage tactics, leading to wasted money and storage management inefficiencies, the study showed. The report, which concluded that the trend toward increasing spools of information shows no sign of abating, offers suggestions about what to do with all those petabytes of data.

 
 
 
  • 10 Important Facts About Data Storage in the Enterprise

    by Nathan Eddy
    1 - 10 Important Facts About Data Storage in the Enterprise
  • Data Storage Demands Vary by Business Size

    While 20 percent of organizations store a petabyte or more of data, a sizable 40 percent of organizations have less than 50 terabytes of data. However, the results are different for businesses with less than 100 employees: 29 percent of companies store a petabyte or more, and the percentage of organizations with less than 50TB has drops to just 22 percent.
    2 - Data Storage Demands Vary by Business Size
  • Tape Storage Still a Major Player

    Just 29 percent of organizations said they are taking advantage of affordable public cloud storage. This compares with tape storage, which is still being used by nearly 50 percent of the organizations that TwinStrata surveyed. Half the survey respondents who use the public cloud spend less than 10 percent of their IT budget on storage, compared with only one out of every three organizations using tape and spending so little.
    3 - Tape Storage Still a Major Player
  • SANs Used for Low-Priority Data

    The vast majority (81 percent) of organizations that use SANs or NAS devices keeps inactive data on them. Yet 68 percent of those who use tapes do so for inactive data, and a mere 38 percent of public cloud storage users keep inactive data there. Using SANs for low-priority data still remains the most common medium, with 65 percent of organizations with large amounts of passive data.
    4 - SANs Used for Low-Priority Data
  • How Important Is All That Data?

    The survey found almost 60 percent of data-heavy organizations store more than half a petabyte of inactive data, and more than a quarter of these organizations are storing three-quarters of a petabyte that will rarely, if ever, be used again. The report projected that given the rate at which data creation overall has increased, that percentage is expected to grow.
    5 - How Important Is All That Data?
  • Data Storage on NAS and SANs Costs Businesses More

    Organizations that exclusively store inactive data on their SANs and NAS devices spend significantly more on storage as a proportion of their overall IT budget than those who use a mix of media or who do not store data on their SANs or NAS devices.
    6 - Data Storage on NAS and SANs Costs Businesses More
  • Moving Storage to Mixed Media Makes Sense

    In fact, only 38 percent of exclusive SAN/NAS users claim that storage is less than a tenth of their overall IT expenditure, in sharp contrast with the nearly half (48 percent) of mixed media respondents, and a 15 point difference from those who do not rely on SANs and NAS for inactive data at all (53 percent).
    7 - Moving Storage to Mixed Media Makes Sense
  • Majority of Businesses Buy Storage Annually

    Nearly two-thirds of organizations surveyed admitted to purchasing additional capacity on an annual or biannual basis, suggesting that despite the popularity of deleting data, the primary solution to capacity issues is purchasing more physical storage. Just 11 percent of organizations surveyed only buy additional storage every five or more years.
    8 - Majority of Businesses Buy Storage Annually
  • Businesses Burdened With Buying Additional Storage

    In addition to deleting data and buying more physical storage, 40 percent of organizations increase capacity by completely replacing their storage systems. However, system replacement is less frequent than capacity expansion, with 60 percent of organizations replacing their storage systems within five years.
    9 - Businesses Burdened With Buying Additional Storage
  • Public Cloud Storage Can Be Risky

    Studies suggest that many organizations suffer from unauthorized cloud use, thanks to storage services like Dropbox and Google Drive. In these instances, the report warns individual employees are using the cloud to store their data, but without the security precautions of their organizations' designated storage systems.
    10 - Public Cloud Storage Can Be Risky
  • Adding Storage Apt to Remain a Challenge

    Although adding capacity and replacing systems will always be one of the primary concerns when dealing with data storage, by being proactive about creating long-term, data-specific solutions, organization can save time and money to better focus on the rest of their goals.
    11 - Adding Storage Apt to Remain a Challenge
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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