The State of Data Storage Management: 2011 vs. 2012, July 27, 2012 In 2011, data storage management was all about centralization and consolidation. Now, the tide has turned to data reliability, security and performance. Learn why.
Storage Vendors in Use
HP and EMC still hold the top spots for current or planned vendors for Tier 1 or Tier 2 storage, with just slight dips for both--HP dropped from 64% in the 2010 survey to 62%; EMC from 59% to 55%. The real story was IBM, which vaulted from being listed by 47% of respondents in 2010 to 54% in January. IBM also finished behind just EMC in storage virtualization leadership and backup and archiving, nudging out HP in the latter category.
IBM's growth in backup and archiving contrasts with a decline in the category for EMC, from 60% to 52%. EMC also saw a loss in the deduplication category--while it's still the leading vendor, the gap between it and other companies is narrowing. Why? According to "State of Storage 2012," it's a sign that buyers are paying less attention to data reduction and optimization, perhaps assuming that such features are standard in new storage systems.