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Impact on Storage of Legal Mandates is Minimal?

by on March 16, 2010

Findings in a recent survey of IT professionals appear to contradict popular wisdom about what will be driving the need for data centers to add capacity in the coming years. The poll conducted by technology numbers shop IDC, of Framingham, Mass. for London-based data center operator Telehouse revealed that 31 percent of the more than 100 UK IT pros participating in the project said that Software as a Service (SaaS) and cloud computing were increasing demands on data center capacity. What’s more, 80 percent of the respondents agreed that access to additional data center capacity would be critical or important in the next five years.

Those findings, by themselves, aren’t too startling, since cloud computing seems to be a rapidly expanding market. Tech think tank Gartner, for instance, pegs the cloud market to reach $150 billion by 2013, although the definition of “cloud computing” on which that projection is based has been rapped by some pundits.

Gartner defines cloud computing as “a style of computing where scalable and elastic IT capabilities are provided as a service to multiple customers using Internet technologies.” “If I define the cloud the way Gartner does, I could conceivably consider any Internet-delivered service as a cloud service,” one technology consultant told last summer. “That’s not a helpful definition from the standpoint of the massive shift that’s going to happen over the next 10 years in computing architecture. Gartner is diluting the term and making its figures irrelevant.”

But the growth of the cloud market or the demands that growth may or may not be imposing on data center capacity wasn’t the surprise in the survey. It was the small number of respondents who discounted government requirements as a factor taxing that capacity–only four percent. Those sentiments contradict analyses by the likes of IDC, which says email and documents that must be retained due to legal requirements is a primary factor for an increase in the amount of information that must to stored on servers, and the BroadGroup, which estimates that 20 to 30 percent of a data center’s footprint is used to accommodate information needed to meet legal requirements.

One Comment
  1. I don’t see it as such a big of an issue. Storage is becoming cheaper and cheaper, and i think it’s keeping track with the growth in need.

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