A lot of companies out there, especially in the Small and Medium Business space, have absolutely no disaster recovery program in place (up to 40% of Enterprise customers have no validation procedures in place, according to Info Tech Research). So an essential part of any DR go-to-market strategy for the SMB segment (including Enterprise) must include a comprehensive plan for addressing all of the business, communication, and technical processes required for successful deployment of DR Managed Services. Here is some information that we think is useful moving forward:
We mentioned “Big Data” in a blog post a few days ago, so we would like to point you in the direction of an Economist piece entitled Data, data everywhere. It’s a great run through of the trend, and you walk away with a few solid numbers. What’s the takeaway? Data is a new economic input, on par with labor and capital. New forms of businesses will rise up in the next decade, and their models will rely on information generated by not just desktop computers, but cloud computing platforms, mobile phones, gps sensors, and enumerable other devices that will come to market. We appear to be in the beginning stages, so stay on the lookout.
Information has gone from scarce to superabundant. That brings huge new benefits, says Kenneth Cukier (interviewed here)—but also big headaches
WHEN the Sloan Digital Sky Survey started work in 2000, its telescope in New Mexico collected more data in its first few weeks than had been amassed in the entire history of astronomy. Now, a decade later, its archive contains a whopping 140 terabytes of information. A successor, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, due to come on stream in Chile in 2016, will acquire that quantity of data every five days.
Every day there are gains in the IT Storage sector. Big data is on its way, but the problem remains: how to implement services and support for this growing industry segment? As more devices get into the hands of consumers, and businesses bring online more software tools to aid development and growth, we see the opportunity. Just search the Internet for open-source information; we did, and here’s what we found:
IDC – HDD Industry to Deliver More Than 300,000 Petabytes of Storage Capacity Over the Next Five Years to Enterprise Datacenters and Clouds
FRAMINGHAM, Mass., May 3, 2010 – Despite trying economic times, and an unprecedented decline in hard disk drive (HDD) terabyte shipments for enterprise applications in 2009, HDD vendors forged ahead by introducing new HDD products/form factors that address both current and future enterprise storage market requirements. According to new research from International Data Corporation (IDC), HDD shipments for enterprise applications will increase from 40.5 million units in 2009 to 52.6 million units in 2014. Moreover, the HDD industry will ship more Petabytes for enterprise applications in the next two years than it did in the preceding 20 years.
“We’re definitely seeing intensive cost cutting measures among end users striving to bring more efficiency to current solutions,” said John Rydning, research director for Storage Mechanisms: Disk. “The employment of technologies such as data deduplication, thin provisioning, storage multitiering, and storage virtualization are all contributing to reducing end-user costs.”
Other key findings from IDC’s research include the following:
The transition from 3.5in. to 2.5in. performance-optimized form factor HDDs will be complete by 2012
Growing interest in new storage delivery models such as storage as a service, or storage in the cloud is likely to put greater storage capacity growth demands on Internet datacenters
The price per gigabyte of performance-optimized HDD storage will continue to decline at a rate of approximately 25% to 30% per year
Also we have a video with HP’s Jimmy Daley on storage trends for the server market. Good insights to keep track of.
Many don’t realize that online back-up companies’ services can be utilized from other countries, and that doing so may save time and money. There are several key reasons for this trend: 1) Data center density laws in the U.K., which are not in place in the U.S., allow data centers in the U.S. to provide [...]
Information management company, Iron Mountain, is reevaluating its digital business services by eliminating digital archiving, online backup and recovery solutions. The billion-dollar company’s strategic plan is to ‘enhance stockholder value’ by only remaining in the market where they have a leadership position to increase ROIC for stockholders. Reasons for shedding themselves of their online backup [...]
Branding is a hot topic – from personal branding (what you relay about yourself through your actions and communications), to branding a company or product (through marketing, public relations, and other avenues). Whether for a person, company, or product, branding is necessary to distinguish from the competition and stand out in the market. And that [...]
Online backup companies are seeing storage growth trends not only because of the exponential increase in electronic data, but also because of electronic data laws. White label online backup companies provide an easy way for businesses to comply with the federal regulations of keeping data available, easily accessible, transparent and auditable. Here’s a super-brief history [...]
We’re in the storage disk market, let’s be clear. On a daily basis we’re hooking up new clusters, managing disk failures, and handling terabytes of bandwidth. One thing we’ve noticed in 2010 was the double digit growth, and it looks as though IDC has their ear to the ground as well. International Data Corporation reports [...]
Depending on which magazine or website you read, the economy is either still in the tank or on its way to even more pain; but let’s see the truth for what it is in the IT industry, which is we’re officially back to business, building products, moving scale, and capturing demand for expansion of the [...]
Still don’t believe data is growing? We caught this little tidbit from our friends over at the Storage Newsletter. The numbers are in, and according to TrendFocus, mobile HDDs are up 3.7% YTY, with Western Digital increasing its market share to 30%, Segate coming in at around 20%, and a total of 29.3 exabytes shipped [...]
You know every once in a while we take a look at the analytics to get a better picture of our audience base, and recently the spectrum has gotten a bit wider. In the early days of the Internet’s expansion it was Netscape versus Internet Explorer; today, it’s Mozilla FireFox, IE, Google Chrome, Opera, and several other varieties all vying for screen-space on our digital devices. What I want to do today is take a look at some of our internals and reflect on the current division within the browser space, and device arena as well — a very interesting segment of our numbers.