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MonoSphere Beefs Up

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- MonoSphere Inc., creators of award-winning storage capacity management software, today introduced Storage Horizon 3.0. This software solution provides Global 3000 companies a unified view of current and projected storage capacity usage, which enables IT organizations to develop effective storage capacity plans, maximize utilization of existing storage assets and significantly reduce capital expenditures on IT storage. New analytical tools automate the previously manual process of matching storage demand with physical storage inventory, enabling enterprises to more fully leverage existing hardware assets.

“Mapping storage usage from application hosts down to the storage array is critical functionality that is long overdue,” said Arun Taneja, consulting analyst and founder of the Taneja Group. “Now enterprises can make better purchasing decisions based on how much of their storage is used versus how much has been allocated for use, which is how most organizations manage storage capacity today.”

Storage Demand Drives Need for Capacity-Management Solutions

Fortune 1000 companies’ demand for storage capacity has increased from 44 terabytes to 698 terabytes on average within the past four years, according to the analyst firm TheInfoPro’s Wave 8 Report. In MonoSphere’s December 2006 survey of 140 storage professionals, 83 percent responded that despite declining unit costs, storage spending is increasing and at a rate faster than IT budget growth. In fact 62 percent responded that the increase in capital expenditures for storage causes delays in other important IT initiatives. This issue underscores the need for large enterprises to develop effective storage capacity plans and maximize utilization of existing storage assets. For mid- to large-sized enterprises, savings within the first year of implementing MonoSphere’s storage capacity management software can exceed millions of dollars.

“IT organizations are trying to fully leverage their existing computing investments. One example of this is creating multiple virtual machines on your servers to increase CPU utilization. Another example is deploying a storage capacity management solution like Storage Horizon to increase the utilization of your expensive and fast growing storage environments,” said Bob Laliberte, analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. “Sooner or later, all efficient IT organizations are going to have to evaluate and deploy these types of solutions.”

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