Virtualisation, green storage solutions in demand

Demand for storage capacity is increasing at a rate of almost 60 percent a year, and this growing demand will lead to significant shifts in the way that data is stored, managed and protected this year, according to IDC.

The research firm says that storage efficiency will come to be a key consideration in 2008 and serve to increase demand among IT departments in virtualisation strategies and green initiatives, as well as information consolidation solutions such as deduplication.

"In the past several years, storage trends have tended to be tactical and focused on developments in specific technologies," noted Benjamin Woo, vice president of enterprise storage systems at IDC. "2008 is likely to represent an inflection point in the way applications and storage will be interfaced."

IDC estimates that new role-based storage systems will allow storage vendors to tackle specific data management issues, but will also call for better integration of content generating applications and storage layers.

It also says that online storage services such as online archiving will increasingly come to be seen as a possible option for enterprises.

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