If you just look at vendor financials, the enterprise storage business seems stuck in neutral. However, flat revenue numbers mask a scorching pace of technical innovation, ongoing double-digit capacity growth in enterprises, and dramatic changes in how and where businesses store data.
Among almost 250 respondents to our InformationWeek 2014 State of Enterprise Storage Survey, all from organizations with 50 or more employees and involved in storage strategy or operations:
- 68% have data replication in production use.
- 61% use SSDs for general databases, up from 45% in 2013.
- 47% use Fibre Channel SANs, down from 51% last year.
- 31% say they keep enterprise database/data warehouse data indefinitely.
- 25% use multiprotocol arrays now and plan to add more in the future.
In this report, we discuss changes on tap for storage admins this year:
- Solid state will augment hard drives throughout the storage ecosystem — use flash wisely, and you could get all the benefit for short money.
- Virtualization will help IT simplify, automate, and optimize data management, application placement, and capacity expansion via scale-out storage systems.
- Cloud services will become a legitimate tier in the enterprise storage hierarchy. But beware of new data silos.