Increasing digital data storage need forces organizations to increase capex: IDC



Infotech Lead America: The increase in the amount of digital data that must be stored is forcing IT organizations to increase capital expenditures  associated with the acquisition of storage capacity, according to IDC.

However, economic issues are hampering organizations’ capability to augment budgets to meet the growing demand for storage.

The study said that the resulting deadlock has paved the way for the adoption of various technologies that help increase utilization of existing storage resources and optimize the amount of data that needs to be stored.

The study found that the adoption of storage and data efficiency technologies typically comes in stages, starting with data compression and deduplication, followed by storage virtualization and tiering, and then by thin provisioning and replication.

Data compression and storage virtualization were identified as the two most adopted storage efficiency technologies.

Data deduplication was named as the most desirable storage efficiency technology for implementation in the near future.

The study noted that IT organizations will continue to face pressures influencing the ongoing adoption of storage efficiency technologies.

Natalya Yezhkova, research director, Storage Systems at IDC said the research shows that the increased use of storage efficiency technologies is one of the major contributing factors in the slowdown of storage capacity shipments over the past 12 months.

The study said that storage vendors should be ready to deliver a variety of technologies to the whole spectrum of customers along with the increase in awareness related to these technologies.

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