Storage needs grow but budgets stalled

A survey of 60 Australasian businesses - including 10 from New Zealand - has found that storage budgets are stable or declining but storage needs are growing.

A survey of 60 Australasian businesses — including 10 from New Zealand — has found that storage budgets are stable or declining, but storage needs are growing.

Almost all participants (95.1%) in the survey of storage management personnel in 60 medium-sized and large organisations say they have storage requirements growing at around 25% a year or more. Half are seeing growth of around 50% or more and around a quarter have storage requirements doubling year on year. Only 4.9% of respondents report stable storage needs.

However, in terms of budgets, 60.1% of organisations surveyed say 2002 storage budgets were around the same as 2001, with almost a tenth (9.2%) undergoing a budget cut. About a third (30.7%) have bigger storage budgets this year.

Survey participants say better disaster recovery capability, reduced backup windows and automated backup are the top three storage improvements they are looking for.

Three quarters (75.3%) see room for improvement in their disaster recovery capability, 51.8% seek bigger backup windows and 45.9% want improvements in automated backup.

Improvements relating to data availability and management were next most important. Less than half (44.6%) say improved data availability, 34.1% say more sophisticated management tools and 45.9% say storage on demand.

Administrative improvements such as storage device sharing and pooling (24.7%), increased disk utilisation (24.7%) and more terabytes managed per administrator (22.4%) were selected by fewer organisations.

The survey was done in March by IT staff registering for StorageTek’s breakfast storage briefings.

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