companies will keep deploying networked storage environments
this year, and the move will be spurred by a number
of factors, feels Mathew Boon, Vice President, Hardware
and Systems, Asia/Pacific, of Gartner.
This is also substantiated
by the results of a survey conducted jointly by Network
Magazine and IMRB among 301 CIOs/CTOs/IT Heads in India.
The survey reports that 65 percent of BFSI companies
will invest in networked storage this year compared
to 61 percent last year. And 44 percent of Telecom &
IT companies will invest in networked storage this year
compared to only 28 percent last year.
Boon feels that
factors like increase in exchange of e-mail, and use
of databases in enterprises will be the significant
growth drivers. "Applications like these tend to put
pressure on the backend architecture and CIOs begin
to look for reliable ways to store and backup data,"
- More Indian companies
will deploy networked storage this year.
- Increase in exchange
of e-mail, and use of databases in enterprises
will be significant growth drivers.
- As organizations
consolidate their storage architecture, iSCSI
will clearly be the more popular technology.
- Technology like
virtualization is more of a reality, so we'll
see heterogeneous environments managed more
- Improvements in
tape technology like LTO and SDLT are meeting
the volumes of storage required to be backed-up.
Vice President, Hardware and Systems, Asia/Pacific,
The need for networked
storage environments in the Indian BFSI and Telecom
verticals will be driven by customer-focussed (B2C)
activities. These companies will increasingly need to
make their products and services readily available online.
Although the year has been tough for telcos, the need
for innovation will drive the use of networked storage.
consolidate their storage architecture, iSCSI will clearly
be the emerging popular technology," said Boon. He felt
that there will be place for NAS and SAN in different
business environments, but in the end all that
matters is that the data is easily available, that it
can be backed up and archived, and is secure," explains
deployed SANs three years ago did not get the benefits
that were promised. Boon cites a number of reasons for
this. The storage technologies, hardware, and software
were still immature. However, these have come a long
way now. Hardware, software, and storage architectures
are more mature now, and it's easy to optimize. "Technology
like virtualization is more of a reality, and we'll
see heterogeneous environments managed more easily,"
The CIO should
analyze the business needs and match storage requirements.
"CIOs may have paid too much attention to vendors three
years ago and are stuck with volumes of ill-managed
storage just sitting there," said Boon.
in India and APAC are laying emphasis on backup and
enhanced security of data, many organizations seem to
be only paying lip-service to it. And this is mostly
due to the cost issues. Boon feels that such behavior
should be avoided.
tape technology like LTO and SDLT are meeting the volumes
of storage required to be backed-up. And there are good
software tools available that intertwine backup closely
with storage management.
— Soutiman Das Gupta