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Current economic conditions and double-digit data growth are forcing IT organizations to examine ways to optimize their storage environments. ESG research found that 28% of larger organizations—as measured by the number of production servers—are experiencing storage capacity annual growth rates in the 31-50% range, and 24% stated over 50% growth1
Figure 1. Annual Growth Rate of Data Storage, by Number of Production Servers (see Figure 1). Capacity glut has created several problems, including an increase in storage system costs, the need to improve backup and recovery processes, difficulty keeping up with data growth, and a shortage of physical data center space. The bottom line is that rising storage volume requirements are forcing organizations to take more aggressive steps to stem further growth.