Storage virtualisation market poised for growth

The market for storage virtualisation is set to continue its solid growth rate in the light of substantial IT labour costs, plus concerns around reliability and performance

Some 28 per cent of respondents to a survey by F5 Networks had at least a petabyte of storage in data centres (8 per cent had an exabyte or more). The median figure was 51-100 terabytes per data centre.

Storage virtualisation in Europe is set to grow by around 65 per cent in the next two years, the survey's findings suggest (37 per cent of respondents have a current solution). The need for heterogeneous storage (80 per cent of respondents), plus planning for file-based storage (70 per cent) are key drivers of the decision to implement storage virtualisation in Europe.

At the same time, 37 per cent of European respondents have no data centre consolidation plans, even though costs and power consumption were cited as key storage-related issues.

Existing users reported high success rates when introducing storage virtualisation to their businesses; 93 per cent of all European companies reported achieving at least one or more of the original goals set at the beginning of the project (e.g., reduce cost/staff time associated with storage).

The survey of 324 medium and large enterprise IT staff in the US and Europe was conducted in February 2008. Responding companies included 211 from the US, 68 from the UK, 16 from Germany and 29 from other European countries. The survey has a confidence level of 95 per cent with an interval of +/- 5 per cent.

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Image: Storage virtualisation in Europe is set to grow by around 65 per cent in the next two years, F5's survey suggests

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