Rising Data Volumes and Demand for Network Attached Storage Driving Need to Automate Storage Deployments

Risk of Excessive Downtime, Service Costs, and Compliance Issues Challenge Organizations Moving to More Efficient NAS Solutions

TEANECK, N.J. – November, 19, 2013 – Data Dynamics, Inc., a leader in solutions for the discovery, reporting, migration, and management of file-based storage, today highlighted recent research forecasting the growth in enterprise NAS adoption through 2016. With unstructured data growth on the rise, enterprises are transitioning from legacy storage systems to the latest file-based storage solutions to improve efficiency and reduce costs. Alerting enterprises to the challenges of migrating to new storage platforms, Data Dynamics Inc. today cited data transfer complexities, compliance risks and excessive time requirements associated with manual migration procedures.

According to IDC, “The volume of digital data will grow 40% to 50% per year. By 2020, IDC predicts the number will have reached 40,000 EB, or 40 Zettabytes (ZB). The world’s information is doubling every two years. By 2020 the world will generate 50 times the amount of information and 75 times the number of information containers1…The worldwide file- and object-based storage (FOBS) market continues to gain momentum with revenues exceeding $23 billion in 2013 and forecast to reach $38 billion in 2017. The growth in the overall enterprise storage systems market can be traced directly to the shift to FOBS2.”

In addition to the exploding volumes of unstructured data, adoption drivers for enterprise NAS solutions include reductions in the price of 10 Gigabit Ethernet, lower entry costs than alternative platforms, higher scalability, higher utilization rates, more efficient architectures, easier management, improved data availability and higher performance (IOs and throughput). Organizations that deploy new NAS solutions are receiving greater value from their storage investments which is translating into business success. These systems have a compelling value proposition relative to legacy storage systems and put advanced NAS solutions on the radar of anyone focused on increasing productivity.

The advantages of next generation NAS systems are clear and enterprises are increasing adoption. According to TechNavio, “the Global Enterprise Network Attached Storage (NAS) market to grow at a CAGR of 22.85 percent CAGR percent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the improved cost-efficiency caused by the adoption of NAS solutions.”3

While the shift to enhanced NAS technologies can provide substantial benefits, moving file storage data from legacy systems to these systems can be an expensive, time-consuming, labor-intensive and risky process. There are a multitude of manual steps, and migration teams must continually make trade-offs in terms of migration timelines, risks, and business access to data. Cutting access to data on sources while the migration is in process is disruptive to users and the business and often results in productivity loss. However, maintaining user access to sources during migrations can lead to problems with locked files and missing new or recently updated files. As a result, cutovers to new storage platforms rarely go as smoothly as planned.

Automated Versus Manual Storage Migrations
Automating storage deployments gives IT professionals the tools they need to manage their file data, including unstructured file data, successfully. Production-proven across enterprises worldwide, StorageX™ by Data Dynamics is the most advanced solution in this category, reducing the complexity of file migration and improving storage resource utilization to simplify and optimize storage upgrades.

“Many businesses are under pressure to accelerate technology upgrades in order to increase productivity,” said Piyush Mehta, CEO, Data Dynamics, Inc. “StorageX delivers technology that enterprise storage teams need to prevent excessive business unit disruptions when adopting new storage technologies to transform their file storage environments. With an automated, policy-based approach, StorageX allows IT professionals to use a powerful rules-based engine to discover, view, report, assess, migrate, transform, and optimize unstructured file data locally and/or throughout multi-national IT environments.”

References
1 IDC, The Digital Universe in 2020: Big Data, Bigger Digital Shadows, and Biggest Growth in the Far East http://www.emc.com/leadership/digital-universe/iview/executive-summary-a-universe-of.htm.
2 IDC, Worldwide File- and Object-Based Storage Market Growth Outpaces Overall Enterprise Disk Storage Systems Market http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS24258213.
3 TechNavio, Global Enterprise NAS market 2012-2016, Published August 2, 2013 http://www.technavio.com/report/global-enterprise-nas-market-2012-2016.

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About Data Dynamics

Data Dynamics is a leader in solutions for the discovery, reporting, migration and management of file-based storage. Its award-winning StorageX product suite, which was originally developed by NuView, Inc. and later acquired by Brocade, has been adopted by hundreds of enterprise customers, Fortune 500 companies, and large municipal governments as a solution for the full lifecycle management of their file-based storage infrastructure. Today, Data Dynamics is focused on developing future generations of StorageX as the industry’s leading policy-based file data management solution. For more information, please visit www.datadynamicsinc.com.

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