If you’re like other business leaders, the current state
of your critical IT infrastructure directly influences ongoing budgetary
decisions. Systems that perform adequately stay. Those that don’t, receive
upgrades. Or a pink slip. Data storage is a perfect example. Unless reasons to
do so are clearly justifiable, you probably won’t invest in the latest
whiz-bang technology. Leaders’ top challenges came to light in a survey of
nearly 400 small-, medium- and large-size companies. If any of these resonate, contact
TeamLogic IT to discuss your data storage roadmap.
1) Aging equipment. Eighteen percent
of respondents identified old gear as the number one issue with their current
storage configuration. One factor could be companies’ tendency to keep certain
equipment until it reaches some specified end-of-life stage, despite new
systems’ obvious cost and/or performance advantages.
2) Lack of capacity. The non-linear volume of data coming from
social media, business apps, the IoT, and other sources can strain storage
systems and confound your planning discussions. Nearly 18 percent of leaders
cited inadequate capacity as their main storage challenge.
3) High operational costs. In terms
of power, cooling and space requirements, older systems cost more to run than sleek,
new energy-efficient models; this is why 14 percent of respondents picked
operational costs as their top storage infrastructure headache. Surprisingly,
just 13 percent named security and compliance as their biggest storage pain
point, perhaps owing to some level of confidence derived from (real or
perceived) cloud-provider protections.