IT directors are striving to improve storage capacity-control systems, driving centralisation of disaster recovery systems and looking to support virtualisation and personal storage systems, according to IDC.
The analyst group's s top 10 storage predictions for the rest of the year are:
1. A vendor battle will erupt as companies extend storage architectures to include branch and remote offices
2. Companies will continue to develop centralised and consistent disaster recovery plans
3. Networking firms will add security systems for tape drives on corporate networks
4. An explosion in storing file-based data will drive investments in file virtualisation and clustered file systems
5. Storage virtualisation will lead to a greater adoption of server virtualisation
6. Businesses will adopt risk-based governance for information management and analysis
7. There will be significant growth in the personal storage business, which will also create new services opportunities for vendors
8. Server and data management tools will become key parts of networked storage systems
9. Management of server and storage systems will blend together
10. Further transitions will continue to affect storage technologies
In the new report, IDC storage analysts predicted that corporate efforts to consolidate their storage infrastructure and extend it to branch or remote offices, particularly those spread out over large areas, will develop into a large headache for storage and IT managers in 2007.