New Survey of IT Decision Makers Sheds Light on Need for a New Class of Storage
Today IBM is issuing survey results that shed light on the storage spending priorities and organizational needs for the near future. Conducted by Zogby International on behalf of IBM, the survey of 255 IT professionals in decision-making positions in August 2011 showed that the majority of respondents (57 percent) agree their organization needs to develop a new storage approach to manage future growth.
The survey underscores the need for a new class of storage that can expand the market for solid-state drives (SSDs) by combining their ability to speed the delivery of data with lower costs and other benefits. Nearly half (43 percent) of IT decision makers say they have plans to use SSD technology in the future or are already using it. Speeding delivery of data was the motivation behind 75 percent of respondents who plan to use or already use SSD technology. However, the major factor for not using SSD was cost, according to 71 percent of respondents.
To address this issue, IBM Research has been investigating a potential in solid-state breakthrough called “Racetrack memory” that could someday access data significantly faster than hard-disk drives—at the same low cost—and be a successor to flash in handheld devices. The Racetrack memory project is featured as one of IBM's top 100 achievements as the company celebrates its Centennial this year.
Today’s survey also found that:
· Nearly half (43 percent) say they are concerned about managing Big Data.
· Nearly half (48 percent) say they plan on increasing storage investments in the area of virtualization, cloud (26 percent) and flash memory/solid state (24 percent) and analytics (22 percent).
· More than a third (38 percent) said their organization’s storage needs are growing primarily to drive business value from data. Adhering to government compliance and regulations that require organizations to store more data for longer -- sometimes up to a decade -- was also a leading factor (29 percent).
· About a third of all respondents (32 percent) say they either plan to switch to more cloud storage in the future or currently use cloud storage.
“Organizations are faced with an increasing challenge of storing, analyzing, and protecting ever-expanding data sets that hold significant business value, driving the need for radical new approaches to storage fueled by innovation,” said Steve Wojtowecz, vice president, Tivoli Storage Software Development, IBM. “Cloud computing, analytics and more advanced storage management technologies will be critical to tapping into that data and turning it into intelligence."
Focused on developing disruptive innovation and pushing the boundaries of data exploration and utilization, IBM Research drives new approaches to managing data, including storage for cloud systems that are geographically dispersed, adding autonomic behavior to storage systems, creating archival systems that prevent a “digital dark age,” and optimizing storage for analytics.
In the last year, IBM Research has recorded a number of storage technology breakthroughs including a 29-gigabit per-square-inch tape demonstration; a world record of scanning 10 billion files in 43 minutes; and, more recently, the creation of a 120-petabyte data system that is roughly 30 times larger than the biggest single data repository on record.