A number of business and IT related issues are set to top the storage agenda of chief information officers (CIOs) in 2007, according to vendor Hitachi Data Systems (HDS).
Ensuring all files are backed up and kept safe in a separate location is of paramount importance, but this year fears of the loss of company data, time and revenue will be tackled as more and more organisations put business continuity plans into place.
Organisations across the globe will continue to face a fragile environment of economic uncertainty in 2007. As budgets remain tight, the vendor warned businesses to avoid the trap of allowing this issue to restrict growth. Business managers should plan for all eventualities, but make sure they have the capacity to allow their organisation to expand.
It also points to increasing regulation, creating exponential growth in the amount of data that needs to be stored. While organisations might consider this to be a thorn in their side, HDS urged CIOs to see it as an opportunity to mine and manage their most important asset.
The level of mergers and acquisitions being completed in 2007 looks set to remain high and will provide a number of management challenges as organisations attempt to successfully harmonise two IT systems into one.
The vendor claimed companies can make life a great deal easier for themselves by adopting tools that allow common management across different environments, like virtualisation software, which operates across all types of storage hardware. As storage needs become more complex, virtualisation will also be an attractive option for CIOs keen to ensure their organisations are able to meet requirements while driving down costs.