New InformationWeek Reports Research Finds 24% of IT Pros Face Data Growth Rates of 25% or More Per Year

32% have 100 terabyte or more under active management; most growth driven by databases and data warehouses

Feb 21, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- InformationWeek Reports (, a service provider for peer-based IT research and analysis, announced the release of its latest research report based on the 2012 version of its annual State of Storage Survey. Over 300 business technology professionals involved in managing, operating or buying storage systems and services participated in the survey. The report highlights promising new technologies and offers advice for those revamping their storage strategies.

Research Summary:

This year's respondents are more concerned about data reliability, security and performance vs. just keeping up with capacity demands. Although centralization has been the mantra for several years, distributed, scale-out systems are in more use. And with solid state reaching new levels of affordability, it's rapidly displacing mechanical disk for many Tier 1 applications.


  • 61% of our survey respondents are using or plan to use SSDs for databases.
  • 38% use storage virtualization, and 55% encrypt, the latter up eight points since our 2011 poll.
  • 24% run 10 Gigabit Ethernet SANs, either iSCSI or FCoE, also up eight points.
  • 15% say they'll converge data and storage networks over the next 12 months.

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"It's an interesting time to be a storage pro," says Lorna Garey, content director of InformationWeek Reports. "The convergence of data and storage networks, the rise of solid state, and an emphasis on scale-out architectures are all emerging trends that we're watching closely."

For more information:
Art Wittmann    
VP & Managing Director, InformationWeek Reports

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