Medium firms lead adoption of data center solutions — exec
Posted February 15, 2010on:
By Anna Valmero
First Posted 20:38:00 02/15/2010
Filed Under: Infotech, Technology (general), Computing & Information Technology
MANILA, Philippines — Medium-sized enterprises and business in the country and Asia-Pacific are the pioneers in the adoption of data center technologies to reduce information technology (IT) costs and manage increasing data center complexity compared to their smaller and larger counterparts, an IT executive said.
Based on its 2010 report on the state of the data center, medium-sized enterprises are more likely to adopt cloud computing, de-duplication, storage virtualization and continuous data protection for its data center assets to drive growth despite tight staffing and budget, said Lim Andre Xavier, regional product manager for Asia-Pacific and Japan of Symantec.
As business data continues to grow in medium-sized companies, they are better positioned and more aggressive to implement new technologies than larger enterprises because they have the ideal size and the right mix of resources to try emerging technologies, said Xavier.
Industry analyst International Data Corp. (IDC) reported that storage capacity is growing between 48 and 50 percent each year, placing more data at risk and making disaster recovery much slower.
Xavier said the growing complexity of data centers made them more difficult to manage with understaffed IT teams. Thus, most medium firms turn into technologies that could scale the capacity of their current equipment to prevent of downtime in operations, improve service levels and responsiveness in keeping up with customer demands, and reduction of operation costs especially energy consumption, among others.
“Organizations of all sizes are struggling to effectively manage information growth, particularly as they leverage virtualization technologies, creating new backup and recovery complexities,” Xavier said.
Security and continuous data protection are among the top concerns of Filipino IT managers of medium-sized companies for this year, said Xavier, as cyberattacks have been found to target businesses more these days.
“Businesses could not afford to compromise their data because these would affect their chain of operations and ultimately, affect their customer services. A breach in the security results in less customers and losses in the bottomline,” said Xavier.
Given these factors, organizations should also “slim down” the volume of their data in their storage equipment through integrated de-duplication technologies and data archiving to reduce costs by 40 percent and to pave the way for easier and faster location and recovery of needed files, said Xavier.
Over 70 percent of the data stored in servers is duplicate and have not been accessed for over 90 days—which opens up mismanagement of assets and equipment thus the need for archiving in which data is indexed and multiple copies or data duplicates are removed for faster data access, said the executive.
There is room for tackling disaster recovery plans as most data center managers in the country have left important IT components on their plans such as cloud computing initiatives, remote offices and virtual servers.
Although 95 percent of Philippine respondents are confident with their disaster recovery plan, over half have never tested their plan or only tested it once in the past year, Xavier added.
The Symantec official said solutions that support heterogeneous environments such as its Backup Exec 2010 could help medium-sized companies fully to protect more data and eliminate islands of information by using less storage through integrated data de-duplication and archiving technologies.