IT shops are turning to new ways to manage ballooning storage volumes, according to the Meta Group. Budgets for storage will remain constant year on year, yet, alarmingly, respondents to a Meta Group survey anticipate a 90 per cent growth rate through to 2004.
The survey of 328 senior-level IT professionals revealed that 60 per cent of IT organisations will turn to enterprise storage consolidation solutions to improve utilisation, lower cost of ownership, and increase ROI in storage.
According to Meta Group analyst Sean Derrington, who co-authored the study: "Storage volumes are growing at phenomenal rates, yet IT organisations cannot justify ballooning storage budgets."
Derrington said users need to be aware that business requirements and storage technology have both become far more complex.
Key findings of the study include: backup/recovery remains the number-one spending priority; ROI represents the main challenge for storage consolidation initiatives; there is a strong propensity toward the use of SANs; and enforced storage policies and centralised storage administration are needed.