Key elements of storage:
- Data life cycle management
- Storage systems – network attached storage (NAS), storage area network (SAN), cloud solutions
- Disaster recovery and data protection
- Virtualization and VM density
- Management and automation
Data by the numbers:
- According to IDC data production will be 44 times greater in 2020 than it was in 20091.
- 42% of respondents in a Gartner survey stated they had invested in big data technology or were planning to do so within a year2.
- Data loss stat – DRaaS 50% of companies go out of business
CEOs and business executives look to the data storage to provide stable and cost effective services. They want to:
- Predict capital expenditures. Manage storage demands and unforeseen costs.
- Operate efficiently. Deliver the best results at the least cost.
- Implement one solution. All types of data managed by one integrated solution.
The CIO’s imperatives include:
- Enable the business. Speed and quick provisioning of assets.
- Increase flexibility. Data access anywhere anytime.
- Operate efficiently. Reduce complexity and increase automation to deliver the best results.
- Ensure data integrity and protection. Zero percent data loss.
- Analytics. Business information systems and big data are front of mind.
The issues IT leaders face include:
- They are overwhelmed with amount of generated data.
- Their current data solution is defined only by physical container size.
- They have not implemented a plan to get to the cloud.
- Lines of business outside of IT are procuring outside solutions without their knowledge (Shadow IT)
- They lack tools needed to gain visibility into and control over data on the network.
- They are unable to protect data and manage loss prevention.
- They do not have the specialized experts on staff to leverage all the best technologies available.
- They have little to no automation in their storage solution.
Next Step: Plan and Implement
1 IDC/EMC: 2011 Digital Universe Study
2 Gartner: "Predicts 2013: Information Innovation"