by Michael Heffernan
The deluge of data is killing
most companies today. CIOs are literally buried by the volume of objects to
store and they’re mired in management, compliance, and data governance issues.
With data doubling every 18 months, unstructured data like email growing at ten
times the rate of structured data, virtual machines growing at double digits
with IDC estimating that two thirds (69%) of the datacenter will be virtualized
by 2013, and 24/7 operations driving up the cost of migrations to new gear due
to end of life replacements, the wheels are coming off the bus. This has caused
many companies to put their virtualization initiatives on hold because the
thought of more boxes to manage adds complexity; in fact, most companies think
what they have is good enough. But, maintaining or improving performance,
manageability, application and data integrity - while being cost-conscious - is
impossible without the right storage infrastructure.