Storage Requirements Put Burden on Businesses of All Sizes
Management of inactive data (as defined by being unused for six months or more) appeared to be an area where the greatest improvements can be made.The majority of organizations continue to use expensive primary storage systems to store infrequently accessed data, with respondents engaging in this practice spending significantly more of their annual IT budget on storage than their peers, according to a report from TwinStrata. Survey results indicated organizations that use public cloud storage to store inactive data have a comparatively lower storage budget than those that do not, with 62 percent of organizations that store inactive data solely on storage area networks (SANs) or network attached storage (NAS) spending more than 10 percent of their IT budget on storage. "Our survey brings to light an unspoken truth: Companies waste money storing their least important data on their most expensive systems. Today’s IT teams struggle under the weight of traditional storage tactics, leading to wasted budget and storage management inefficiencies," Nicos Vekiarides, CEO of TwinStrata, said in a statement. "By intelligently incorporating cloud storage into its strategy, an organization can redeploy both budget and staff resources to higher-value initiatives." Management of inactive data (as defined by being unused for six months or more) appeared to be an area where the greatest improvements can be made.
Just over one-fifth (21 percent) of respondents keep inactive data exclusively on SANs or NAS devices, and 81 percent of organizations that use SANs and NAS in their environment store inactive data on them.