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Data Storage: Big Numbers Challenge Storage Managers

By Dick Weisinger

“You know, we often take big numbers for granted in the business of exploring space: light years of distance, terabytes of data, millions of pounds of thrust,” said Gaylon McSmith, Mars Odyssey Science Office Manager, after the launch of Mars Odyssey in 2004. Fifteen years ago a terabyte of data seemed enormous and something that few businesses, let alone projects, would ever be able collect.

Today, a terabyte of data is no big deal. 80 percent of organizations expect their data storage to grow by more than one terabyte in 2019 and more than 20 percent are currently managing data volumes that are larger than one petabyte in size, according to a survey by Enterprise Storage Forum.

Businesses are relying more on the cloud for data storage. On-premise, HDD and Flash/SSD storage media are the most popular.

The biggest storage challenge that businesses say that they face is aging storage hardware, another reason why cloud storage seems so appealing — once data is in the cloud, this worry becomes a non-issue. Other storage challenges include insufficient space and and contending with high operation costs.

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