What is the Main Headache of Those Who are Responsible for Big Data Storage?

Jul 20, 2017
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Being quite a fast growing field, Big Data is full of pitfalls and unresolved issues.  Andersen team strives to keep pace with the latest technologies and to listen to the world-class experts’ opinion.

Recently, we have come across the survey results held by “451 Research” and “DataCore”. The results demonstrate infinite growth of data volumes, which is absolutely not the only problem for specialists in the field of data storage.

We’d like to share these findings with you.

The latest technologies don’t always run the way they have been expected. Two latest study reports show the lack of efficiency in early starts and depth of disappointment. This is the outcome that datastorage professionals have to face while renovating infrastructure workflows with the focus on digital business.

During the survey held by 451 Research, the specialists were offered to indicate the main pain points. The most stress was caused by “data amounts and storage capacity growth”. The 3rd and 4rth places were divided between “necessity to accomplish recovery requirements after disruption” and “high cost of storage”.

“The challenge in the sphere of data storage has been shifting…” Simon Robinson said, the vice-president at “451 Research” and the author of “Top three storage pain points for enterprise customers.” “The main pressure of inevitable growth of data amount is now assumed by public clouds. However, in corporate environment, the emphasis has been shifted into other spheres, connected with effective data management and data location both in their territory and behind it”.

Compared to the previous results, 55% in 2016, in 2017 47% of respondents found it difficult to manage the growth of data amount and storage capacity. Anxiety about adequate productivity of capacity system has been reduced. In 2016 it was mentioned by 29% of respondents, and in 2017 only by 22%.

Also, there appeared some more important storage issues. In 2017 about 22% of respondents had problems with new applications, while one year before, only 10% had mentioned it. 21% of the interviewed were concerned about storage repository migration, while in 2016 it was important for 13% only. One more key issue was data storage in clouds of independent providers.  19% of respondents indicated it.

“Companies have the tendency of moving into hybrid cloud-based environments, attracting new providers (mostly cloud-based-service providers)” Robinson says. “The main challenge for IT administrators is not adding new resources, but it’s a far more efficient management.” Now some administrators are fully responsible for cloud-based means of company data storage. It requires solid education. Suppliers, from their perspective, can help companies complete tasks, including into their tools multifunctional means of cloud-based integration”.

In the survey, conducted by “451 Research”, there participated 500 specialists in corporate storage systems. Similar research by “DataCore” started in their attempt to determine unrealized expectations of introducing configured in programs, hyperconverged and cloud-based storage systems.

The survey in the field of the exact matters of failure showed three main tendencies. The respondents often mentioned that savings were below the level of expectation. 31% of respondents admitted it. 29% were sure that object storage was difficult to supervise. The majority failed to achieve the desired productivity by building storage systems, based on flesh-drives: 16% said it didn’t accelerate application operation.

The next question was about the main benefits, expected by IT specialists from infrastructure under virtual storage system. The majority (83%) stated that they were mostly interested in high level of availability, important stability of business processes (distributed clustering, synchronous mirroring), and 73% indicated the importance of stable increasing of storage capacity. Cut of expenses and recovery after reclaim were mentioned by 65% and 60% of respondents.

“DataCore” survey helped understand some other important issues.

    •   The scope of introducing hyper-converged storage systems turned out to be below the level of expectation.
        The majority of respondents replied that they either were not interested in hyperconverged systems (33%) or did not plan to implement them (34%). 20% of the respondents said they had a few cross-points: 7% widely implemented them, and 6% wanted to make them more standardized.

       

        •   Flesh-drives are not widely used as the only means of storage. Although solutions with flesh-drives being prevailing, very few respondents were implementing them. Only 3% were storing 90-100% of data, and 7% were using flesh-drives for 51-89% of data amount.  Approximately, 62% of respondents said that they were using flesh-systems for 20% of data. 14% of respondents used no flesh at all.

       

      •    Investment into configured in programs systems for data storage increased dramatically.  16% of respondents admitted that it was 11-25% of cumulative budget, and 13% of respondents said it was even more than 25% of the allocated finances.  As for the main drives for configured means of data storage for business matters, the respondents admitted that it might be possible to simplify management by means of various models of data storage (55%), infrastructure projects in accordance with future prospects (53%), less dependence on specific suppliers of data storage systems (47%).
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