Data Storage: 47 Interesting Facts & Figures

Wed, Jun, 29, 2016 @ 03:06 AM

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Data Storage Statistics

The way data is stored is something that every business should be concerned with because it is critical to the security of a business. Would you leave your important documents lying around in an insecure environment? Below are many facts and figures about data storage that a business owner should know in order to make better informed decisions when it comes to their data.  

Statistics about Data Storage for Businesses

  • 47% of enterprises cite data growth as one of their top three challenges.
  • Managing storage growth is the dominant pain point for 79% of IT professionals.
  • Data storage requirements are growing at 40% per year.
  • More storage is now allocated in virtualized than traditional environments, with enterprises moving from on-premise non-virtualized to consolidated virtualized environments. (EMC)
  • The world’s data will grow by 50X in the next decade.

data storage migration statisticsAccording to a recent survey by Forrester Research:

  • 40 percent of enterprises said they plan to spend more on storage hardware in the coming year
  • Another 46 percent saying their spending on storage will be level
  • Forrester also estimates that storage capacity requirements are growing at a rate of between 15 percent and 25 percent per year.
  • IT departments will have to manage 50 times the amount of information, 75 times the number of files and 10 times the number of virtual and physical servers, with only 1.5 times the number of IT professionals to manage it all, by 2020. - Extracting Value from Chaos
  • A quarter of decision makers surveyed predict that data volumes in their companies will rise by more than 60% be the end of 2014.

Industries and the amount of data they each store:

  • Education - 269 petabytesdata storage among industries
  • Retail - 364 petabytes
  • Health Care - 434 petabytes
  • Banking - 619 petabytes
  • Communications/Media - 715 petabytes
  • Government - 848 petabytes
  • Manufacturing - 966 petabytes

A Few Ways Stored Data Is Used:

  • Retail uses databases to track information for marketing and sales campaigns
  • Health Care has databases full of information in order to keep track of important history for each patient
  • Manufacturing uses data to evaluate and work machinery to make the production as efficient as possible
  • The United States ranks the highest for amount of data stored with 3500 petabytes.
  • Europe is second highest for amount of data stored with 2000 petabytes.

There are four types of data storage:

DAS (Direct Attached Storage) – computer storage that is directly attached to one computer or server and is not, without special support, directly accessible to other ones.

NAS (Network Attached Storage) - a specialized file server designed specifically to provide centralized data access and storage to heterogeneous network clients.
  • Units plug right intyo existing network switches or hubs
  • Runs traditional LAN protocols (typically TCP/IP over Ethernet)
  • Supports common file-sharing protocols like NFS for Unix and SMB and CIFS for Windowsdata storage in the cloud statistics
Storage Area Network (SAN) - A set of interconnected drives and servers that acts as a centralized pool of disk storage.
  • Simplified management
  • Highest possible levels of availability
  • Good capacity utilization

Cloud - Computing resources (hardware and software) that are delivered as a service over a network (typically the Internet)
  • 38% of public cloud storage users keep inactive data there
  • If given the choice of only being able to move one application to the cloud, 25% of respeondents would choose storage
  • Cisco forecasts that global data center traffic will triple from 2.6 zettabytes in 2012 to 7.7 zettabytes in 2017
  • 94 percent of organizations surveyed are running applications or experimenting with infrastructure-as-a-service and 87 percent of organizations are using public cloud. (Cloud Management Blog)

Cloud Computing Benefits:

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  • Allows companies to avoid upfront infrastructure costs, and focus on projects that differentiate their businesses instead of infrastructure
  • Allows enterprises to get their applications up and running faster, with improved manageability and less maintenance
  • Enables IT to more rapidly adjust resources to meet fluctuating and unpredictable business demand


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