IDC: Solving Today's Top Storage Challenges

IDC reports the biggest problem IT departments face is managing existing storage environments while integrating hyperconverged, cloud-based or new, lower-cost storage options. IT leaders are seeking a single-stack storage architecture that supports traditional and new workloads while allowing new technologies to be added fast, when it makes sense.

Top Storage Challenges

IDC asked 307 storage managers and IT professionals to identify their biggest storage challenges, aside from managing data growth. Here’s what they said:

(Percentages below indicate percentage of respondents.)


Meeting performance SLAs


Time or budget to implement advanced storage features


Troubleshooting storage problems


Managing storage migrations and technology refreshes

Uncover Expert Tips for Evolving Your Storage

1. Improve Business Agility and Performance

Look for flexible architectures that can support a variety of configurations today, and evolve as your needs change tomorrow. Choose intelligent tiering software that can seamlessly incorporate the newest flash technologies while delivering an ideal balance of price and performance.

2. Optimize Availability and Recovery

Choose a storage approach that can meet recovery and availability goals for any workload. Look for a vendor that can scale to your needs while offering flexible options such as space-efficient snapshots, replication and backup to meet different SLAs. Built-in features to move volumes transparently between arrays can eliminate workload downtime and maximize utilization of overall resources.

3. Simplify Troubleshooting, Migrations and IT Refresh

Streamline troubleshooting and achieve nondisruptive data migration by selecting storage solutions equipped with remote diagnostic and monitoring tools, as well as automated alerts and notifications. Insist on management tools that automate RAID configuration and other common tasks, plus monitor arrays 24/7 for optimum performance and usage.

4. Gain Essential Integration, Unification and Automation

Choose a storage management solution that has the ability to integrate with industry leading technologies such as VMware, Microsoft, OpenStack and Oracle — one that also unifies block-and-file storage functions so they can be managed and automated from a single pane of glass.

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