Internal cloud storage is the second most likely technology to be added to 2013 storage budgets, as enterprises remain cautious about external cloud storage, which they accept as useful for email but not for general capacity. That’s according to a study by TheInfoPro, a service of 451 Research.
The firm’s latest Storage Study, in which it queried 260 storage professionals at large or mid-size companies in North America and Europe during the first half of 2013, shows that enterprise storage capacity is more than doubling every two years, exceeding the rate of Moore's Law.
Automated tiering is the hottest storage technology in 2013, TheInfoPro says, as it helps keep budgets under control by enabling the use of lower-cost capacity. As enterprises struggle to define an external cloud strategy, the on-premises cloud model is gaining favor, the firm says.
The research also found that solid-state or flash is mainly a hybrid array choice for enterprises; only 31 percent of respondents viewed the coupling of storage controller hardware and software as “very important” or “extremely important”; object storage faces an education barrier in enterprises, since most still see it as a compliance solution; and enterprises are staying with Fibre Channel for their core storage networks.
"There are two major forces working on storage today: solid-state transforming storage architectures in data centers, and software-defined storage transforming provisioning and capacity choices," Marco Coulter, vice president at TheInfoPro, said in a statement. "As enterprises move from solution designers to service brokers, the conversations with business partners are evolving from bits and bytes to services and APIs."
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