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IT Storage Pros Rate Management over Performance as Top Concern

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According to a new survey by Tintri, IT professionals changed their tune over the last year, substituting manageability over performance as their top storage concern. In the annual State of Storage survey of 300 data center professionals, 49 percent of respondents identified their biggest concern as manageability, a 10 percent increase over last year's survey, which then ranked performance as the top IT storage issue.

At the same time, more than one third of respondents said they still rely on antiquated spreadsheets to manage and map their virtual machines. And 68 percent said they were evaluating new storage vendors with an eye on newer vendors.

Respondents noted that their virtual footprint continues to grow, with one in three indicating that 90 percent of their applications are virtualized, and four in five were at least 50 percent virtualized. One-half of the survey-takers oversee at least 500 virtual machines and more than one-quarter manage 1,000 or more virtual machines.

"The storage landscape and its challenges continue to evolve," said Yael Zheng, chief marketing officer at Tintri. "While performance remains a top challenge, IT professionals are increasingly concerned about the challenge of managing a complex virtualized infrastructure. Especially at scale-as virtualized and cloud environments expand to tens of thousands of VMs - the burden on IT to manage storage with reduced staffing, predict future growth and maintain uptime will stretch resources to a breaking point."

Other findings from the survey that examined the manageability challenges of virtual environment include: 

  • After manageability, the top storage pain points were performance (46 percent), scale (42 percent), and capital expenses (41 percent)
  • Sixty-eight percent of respondents indicated that they are evaluating new technologies, with 48 percent evaluating new storage vendors

Of those evaluating new storage vendors, 52 percent are evaluating VM-aware storage, and 44% are looking at all-flash storage options.

Download the full report here

Published Friday, June 10, 2016 6:31 AM by David Marshall
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