The survey was designed to answer the following questions:
- How large is a typical storage environment in terms of disk-based storage system capacity?
- At what rate are organizations adding storage capacity on an annual basis?
- What applications are most responsible for data storage capacity growth?
- What types of disk-based storage systems do organizations use? How does this vary according to size and complexity of IT and storage environments?
- How many storage administrators do organizations employ? Are they satisfied with storage-focused headcount they have in place?
- How much did organizations spend on data storage technology in 2012? How do they expect that to change in 2013?
- What IT initiatives will have the greatest impact on storage spending over the next 12-18 months?
- What challenges do organizations face in terms of their data storage environments? Is it getting easier to manage data storage?
- What kind of impact has server virtualization technology had on data storage?
- How do organizations expect public cloud computing services to affect their onsite storage infrastructure and processes?
- How pervasive is the adoption of solid-state storage technology?
- How extensive are current solid-state storage deployments? At what rate will solid-state storage erode the footprint of hard disk drives (HDDs)?
- What solid-state storage implementation types have current users deployed? What do potential adopters expect to use?
- What are the future plans for tape technology? How are current tape users leveraging the technology today?
- What are viewed as “must have” storage features and functions? What criteria do organizations use when evaluating storage vendors/solutions?
- What is the most important message storage vendors can deliver to their customers?
Survey participants represent a wide range of industries including manufacturing, financial services, communications and media, health care, retail, government, and business services. For more details, please see the Executive Summary of this report.