Enterprise storage should more than treble by 2001, says EMC Australasian managing director Mike Foster.
Foster claims EMC is growing in line with this trend and expects to be a $10 billion company by 2001.
However, the future market estimates may be on the conservative side, according to IDC. The market analyst reports there were 83,000 external terabytes of storage shipped in 1998 and it's forecasting another massive increase to 900,000 terabytes in 2002.
IDC says there has been an explosive growth of data within corporations, both inside and outside the data centre. It notes in a white paper published last year that some storage buyers willingly pay twice as much for consolidated enterprise storage as for decentralised, server-dependent storage because of the cost of managing storage, the cost of downtime and the value of uptime.
Much of EMC's emphasis at present is on software to manage the scalability of customers' data - rather than on hardware - and on its professional services aimed at assisting its clientele get the best possible use out of their chosen storage solution, said Foster.
And EMC is spending a con- siderable amount of time talking to their open systems customers about architectures, he said.
"There is a tremendous amount of mainframe disciplines that haven't made it yet to the open systems and NT communities. A survey last year of CIOs showed that the number-one problem was outages."