Enterprise storage capacity is more than doubling every two years and business are looking to automated tiering and private cloud storage to keep up, according to the latest Storage Study from 451 Research’s TheInfoPro service.
According to the study, which involved interviewing 260 storage professionals, automated tiering is the storage technology most likely to be added to 2013 storage budgets, followed by internal cloud storage. These technologies generally help enterprises use their on-premises infrastructure more efficiency. But their adoption also reflects enterprises’ unease over external cloud storage for purposes other than email, as well as difficulties defining an externally hosted cloud strategy.
The storage technology enterprises are most keen on, automated tiering, essentially moves data that is used more frequently to high-performance storage tiers (typically using solid-state drives) from which data can be accessed more quickly. For inactive or seldom accessed data, it moves this data to low-cost, high-capacity storage tiers. For many of the 37 percent of businesses that have a hybrid storage array that combines SSD and traditional hard-disk drives, automated tiering seems like a logical choice.
“There are two major forces working on storage today – solid-state transforming storage architectures in data centers, and software-defined storage transforming provisioning and capacity choices,” TheInfoPro vice president and Storage Study author Marco Coulter said in a statement.
Software-defined storage, which involves the decoupling of the storage hardware from the software controller, allows storage to be more active rather than passive storage where storage hardware and software are coupled. Only 31 percent of those polled viewed the coupling of storage controller hardware and software as “very important” or “extremely important.”
For more on the Storage Study and the state of storage, Coulter will host a webinar on October 24th at 2pm ET to discuss the report’s findings.