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Storage utilisation is still fairly low

Quoting Express Computer

Trends in storage

Although we have been talking about storage virtualisation for the past five years, it is only now that enterprises have started deploying virtualisation tools. A virtualisation solution needs to be simple and should provide tools to trace events. At present virtualisation is coming into play to facilitate the optimal use of storage.

Large enterprises across verticals are looking at reducing the cost of SAN deployment or SAN expansion and are adopting iSCSI. Storage consolidation is the best option. We launched a storage virtualisation solutions in September 2004, and have sold about 4,500 products since then. Storage virtualisation reduces the complexities associated with storage and helps organisations optimally utilise storage resources. It will also help companies manage their storage related functions efficiently. 

Software as a Service

We are also planning to enter the SAAS space. As the market for storage and content management matures, storage vendors will look out for alternatives.

Even though our consulting service accounts for a small portion of our revenue, we are adding new features to this service which will act as a business enabler for the enterprise. There are ample opportunities in the SAAS space for HDS.

Focus for the coming year

As our core competence is in the enterprise space, we have recently launched solutions for digital archival. This solution offers centralised search, policy-based retention, authentication and the preservation of structured and unstructured data under a common storage management framework. We also want to position our Virtual Tape Library solutions for both mainframe and open systems environments. We will also focus on virtualising tiered storage.

Verticals and growth factors

Online consumers are generating a lot of personal data. They do not prefer to back-up their own systems and instead rely on service providers to manage and protect their data. Such user-generated data will be stored at data centres and will require enterprise class storage facilities.

Enterprise storage is now a part of personal storage; not directly but indirectly by means of service providers. We have a presence in the financial sector. As the telecom sector is booming around the world we are also targeting this segment.

Tapping SMEs across the APAC region

We have made our presence felt in the enterprise segment across the globe. In the APAC region, the SMEs spend more on PCs and server attached storage. SMEs require scalable storage solutions on account of the growing focus on compliance. SMEs are also looking at maximising their IT resources through solutions that are easy to manage, such as AOS.

Storage utilisation is still fairly low and it is about 30 percent. After seeing the growth of the SME segment we have introduced several solutions with which they can avail of virtualisation.

Challenges faced on the storage front

Most organisations are spending much more on storage than they need to. This has led to problems such as the under-utilisation of storage and over running of data centres.

It is cheaper for companies to buy storage rather than hire people to manage existing equipment in an optimal manner. Enterprises are investing mostly on maintaining old systems because it becomes too disruptive to migrate to new ones. The growth of storage is accelerating but it has become over subscribed and under utilised.

By building high capacity storage arrays or multiple niche products vendors are increasing the problems of companies. The true benefits can be achieved only through the alignment of IT with business requirements.

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Published Saturday, January 13, 2007 2:49 PM by David Marshall
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