Availability, scalability and manageability are becoming as essential for business intelligence and data warehousing applications as they are for their operational application counterparts. This poses some significant challenges for IT staff, especially given the huge amount of data often managed by a data warehouse in a business intelligence environment, the complexity of the analytical processing involved and the numbers of business users that need to be supported.

One key solution that helps improve availability, scalability and manageability is network storage, which enables data warehouse information to be maintained by specialized networked servers that are optimized for data management. These servers provide universal access to warehouse data from anywhere in the network. According to IDC, approximately 30 percent of corporate data is currently managed by network storage; however, this is expected to grow to 70 percent by 2006.

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