Recent independent surveys conducted in both the United States and Europe by Storage Firm ONStor, Inc., indicate that the majority of businesses surveyed in both US and Europe believe that their existing storage solutions will only be able to scale for the next one to two years.
While it has been widely recognised that storage virtualisation is the best way to provide a flexible, scalable and highly available storage environment, only 27 percent of European respondents are actually implementing storage virtualisation today as compared with 35 percent in the US.
73 percent of US respondents reported that they currently operate a virtualised server environment, and 67 percent answered that they are considering deploying virtualised storage in their data centres.
In the US, 45 percent of businesses surveyed stated that they would realise operational cost savings between 20-40 percent, which is the main driver of storage adoption. In Europe that figure was near identical on 48 percent.
Bob Miller, ONStor CEO, states that effective storage virtualisation delivers real business value, such as simplified management, improved utilisation and painless migration, and offers high-end features to customers.
Customers are often faced with insurmountable amounts of data stored on a variety of disparate storage resources which highlights the need for a centralised, virtualised storage solution which is easy to manage.
These solutions allow storage administrators to identify, provision and manage disparate storage as a single aggregated resource.
In addition, storage virtualisation allows storage resources to be altered and updated on the fly without disrupting application performance, generally reducing storage downtime for repairs and maintenance.
Respondents across both continents agree that as information continues to double year on year, storage virtualisation is fast becoming a business imperative