5 interesting facts about data storage and cloud computing

We live in a fact-driven world with business intelligence (BI) and statistical analysis informing server purchase decisions as well as stimulating the need for giant data centers to store, track and analyze this archival data as well as activity around e-commerce transactions.

Here are some interesting facts relating to the above:

    • Most Enterprise customers expect annual data growth rates between 11-30% annually. At least according to a recent EMC white paper. (Source: EMC Whitepaper)


    • Total worldwide archive capacity in the commercial and government sectors will increase from 33,217 petabytes (PB) in 2010 to 302,995 PB in 2015. That’s a 56% compound annual growth rate (CAGR). (Source EMC Whitepaper)


    • Vmware continues to dominate private and public virtualization technology that drives cloud computing. But, many IT heads and industry insiders are watching Microsoft Hyper V and Citrix XenServer closely as they lower prices and their feature sets become more sophisticated. (Source: Network World Survey)


    • EMC, owners of VMware, refer to the growing data storage requirements as the dawn of ‘Gigantic’ data streams whereby everything a company or online business does in the cloud emits a digital exhaust which is stored, tracked and analyzed in giant data centers.
      “Companies now have more information and server images and less people to deal with it. We need more efficient use of resources via IT as a service,” said EMC. This is exactly what cloud computing offers through the consumption of private, public and hybrid clouds provided by hosting providers. (Source: EMC video)


  • While cloud computing is still in a state a flux, many consider private clouds to be a huge growth point. A college system in Houston, TX, United States recently reported that it had reduced delivery of new IT services from 3 to 4 months after spending three years building a private cloud IaaS. Built on VMware, the college claims it will save at least $600,000 in future capital expenditures for hardware replacements. (Source: Campus Technology)

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