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Where’s All the Data Gone?

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Eric Savitz over at Tech Trader has an interesting article today.

Demand at Seagate is down and consolidation of the industry is expected. However as recently as March last year EMC was telling us how storage growth just keeps on spiralling upwards.

So what’s happening? Are we becoming inherently more efficient at storing our data all of a sudden, now that a credit crunch is upon us? Somehow I don’t think so.

Demand ebbs and flows as finances dictate the ability to purchase new equipment, but growth remains steady. Technology is replaced constantly but just like you or I might hold on to our car for another year or so before replacement, so will IT departments, preferring to pay maintenance on existing kit rather than rip and replace to the latest and greatest. I can see two consequences from this;

  • More time and effort will need to be paid to using current resources more efficiently.
  • Migration to new hardware will need to be even more slick and quick to reduce the overhead of migration wastage.

I’ll discuss these subjects in more detail this week.

About Chris M Evans

Chris M Evans has worked in the technology industry since 1987, starting as a systems programmer on the IBM mainframe platform, while retaining an interest in storage. After working abroad, he co-founded an Internet-based music distribution company during the .com era, returning to consultancy in the new millennium. In 2009 Chris co-founded Langton Blue Ltd (www.langtonblue.com), a boutique consultancy firm focused on delivering business benefit through efficient technology deployments. Chris writes a popular blog at http://blog.architecting.it, attends many conferences and invitation-only events and can be found providing regular industry contributions through Twitter (@chrismevans) and other social media outlets.
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