Framingham, Mass. - Companies ranging from regionals to multinationals will spend 2006 wringing more efficiency from their data storage infrastructures and holding down costs through information lifecycle management (ILM) rather than improving security, according to the "2006 Storage Budget Survey" released by GlassHouse Technologies, a provider of enterprise storages services.Despite a rash of high-profile security failures in 2005, nearly 100 companies in every size category--with storage budgets from less than $10 million to $150 million and above --ranked improving their storage infrastructure usage as either their first or second concern.
Controlling unit costs was a close second among priorities and controlling replication costs was third, putting cost containment far out in front of every other storage issue. Most companies only use about 25% of their current storage capacity, yet continue to add capacity as a hedge against rising data volumes.
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