When analysed by the size of the enterprise, four of every 10 (40 per cent) of the largest companies (5000+ employees) have Active Archive projects in progress while mid-sized enterprises are the largest segment beginning to plan (65 per cent). The report found investments in SSDs and total cost of ownership (TCO) initiatives were thriving.
Today, a majority of IT decision makers surveyed (63 per cent) are investing in SSDs to accelerate or extend the life of hardware investments, especially in China (84 per cent), Germany (75 per cent) and France (72 per cent).
The survey found that application acceleration software is commonly used to increase performance at larger firms (63 per cent), but still not used widely in small and mid-sized companies (49 per cent).
Among all respondents, scalability (89 per cent) and application acceleration (86 per cent) were cited among the top four drivers of innovation in data storage.
Data accessibility is also a growing concern, and Cloud storage was identified as the top discipline for active investment. Public Cloud storage growth is expected to quadruple in the next year.
Today, only seven per cent of the respondents keep more than 50 per cent of their data in the cloud, however, 30 per cent expect to keep at least 50 per cent of their data in the cloud a year from now. The online survey, commissioned by HGST and hosted on the Springboard Network, surveyed 710 senior information technology decision makers in China, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, the UK and the US between July and August.
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