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