Many organizations that use solid-state storage attribute their initial adoption of the technology to performance challenges. In fact, previously conducted ESG research revealed that the majority of early solid-state storage users cited the alleviation of I/O bottlenecks caused by server virtualization as an initial adoption driver. However, as solid-state storage continues to mature, its relationship with server virtualization can further be used to gauge the technology’s increasing horizontal applicability.
SMB organizations are just as reliant as their enterprise and midmarket counterparts on data to support day-to-day operations, though they typically lack the resources and/or IT expertise to ensure its availability and preservation. In spite of this, recent ESG research reveals that many SMBs understand the importance of their IT assets and are at least attempting to back up their data, whether proactively or reactively. However, given the fact that even larger organizations haven’t “solved” data protection, there is an opportunity in the SMB space for both education and services to not only supplement current backup strategies, but–more importantly–to foster new ones.
ESG’s survey of over 400 IT professionals showed that, while the total cost of data storage is very important to IT professionals, certain types of organizations care more about reducing storage-related hardware and software costs, while others are more interested in reducing IT staff-related costs of storage. This brief examines the storage purchasing processes of decision makers at midmarket and enterprise organizations, from the reasons behind their decision to acquire or upgrade storage, to the criteria they apply and the features they demand of their storage systems. It reveals just how much features such as 10GbE, solid-state disks, and thin provisioning really matter, and considers whether or not storage vendors should invest in projects such as pre-qualifying solutions or building reference architectures.
Nearly half of midmarket and enterprise organizations plan to increase their information security spending in 2013, and only a small number of these organizations expect decreased information security budgets this year. In addition to investigating organizations’ plans to spend in areas such as network security, advanced malware detection and prevention, and mobile device security, ESG also considered the impact of the ongoing security skills shortage on organizations’ security initiatives.
ESG conducted an in-depth survey of 412 IT and business professionals concerning their organizations’ current data storage environments including current storage resources, challenges, purchase criteria, as well as forward-looking data storage plans. Survey participants represented small (99 or less employees) and small midmarket (100 to 250 employees) organizations in North America (United States and Canada).
In spite of the economic uncertainty that loomed as many 2013 budgets were planned, 92% of midmarket and enterprise organizations expect to increase or maintain their spending on storage infrastructure this year. This is especially true among larger organizations, as well as those that view data storage technology as more strategic to IT and business operations. The healthy levels of spending for storage technology are attributable to the fact that organizations continue to identify managing data growth as a top IT priority. Which other IT priorities and initiatives will have the greatest impact on how 2013 storage budgets are divvied up and allocated?
In order to assess IT spending priorities over the next 12-18 months, ESG recently surveyed 540 IT professionals representing midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America and Western Europe. All respondents were personally responsible for or familiar with their organizations’ 2012 IT spending as well as their 2013 IT budget and spending plans at either an entire-organization level or at a business-unit/division/branch level. A subset of ESG’s questions in this survey focused on respondents’ usage of and plans for public cloud computing services.
The networking space will be getting a lot of attention in 2013 as new technologies and architectures are being announced and brought to the market. However, with organizations planning under the shadow of a potential fiscal cliff, what were the impacts to network spending and where will organizations actually be investing in 2013?
The emergence of cloud storage platforms has changed the way organizations manage their in-house storage. Findings from ESG’s recent storage survey, combined with cloud storage statistics from ESG’s spending survey, provide insights into the future of traditional and cloud-based storage strategies and budgets. This brief includes quantitative data about the impact organizations expect the cloud to have on their storage strategies, the extent to which organizations will use cloud storage to source storage capacity, and the amount of data that will be offloaded to the cloud in the coming years.
In order to better gauge current usage of, interest in, and familiarity with desktop virtualization technology, ESG surveyed North American IT decision-makers responsible for overseeing their organizations’ desktop and mobile computing strategies.
In order to assess IT spending priorities over the next 12-18 months, ESG recently surveyed 540 IT professionals representing midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America and Western Europe. All respondents were personally responsible for or familiar with their organizations’ 2012 IT spending as well as their 2013 IT budget and spending plans at either an entire organization level or at a business unit/division/branch level.
ESG research recently investigated the top data storage challenges at midmarket and enterprise organizations. More than 400 IT and storage professionals ranked the importance of nineteen storage challenges, ranging from storing unstructured data and running out of physical storage space, to a lack of skilled storage staff and poor storage utilization rates. The results of this survey provide a benchmark for IT professionals to assess their own storage environments. They also serve as a blueprint for storage solution vendors to plan future product enhancements and messaging to align with, and more closely address, their customers’ biggest storage pain points.
It is nearly impossible to have a conversation about the future of IT, without talking about cloud computing— public, private, and hybrid. Data protection is no exception to this. But like the weather, the question isn’t whether clouds are coming, but what types of clouds, how quickly they will get here, and what their effect will be.
IT environments are extremely heterogeneous, with multiple operating systems, hardware platforms, and business applications running in tandem, so it should come as no surprise that nearly two-thirds have multiple server virtualization hypervisors deployed. This brief looks to identify the pervasiveness of multi-hypervisor environments, and the key drivers behind these strategies.
Bill Lundell is ESG’s Senior Research Analyst. He oversees the firm’s many qualitative and quantitative market research projects, and he is a key driver of the data-analysis and content-creation processes associated with many ESG engagements.
Combining research-based insights with a deep understanding of ESG coverage areas including storage systems, data protection, information management, and security, Bill supports the analyst team with real-world data pertaining to key IT trends.
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