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The increasing volume of data is a big headache for UK companies, with 56% declaring it a major challenge, a close second to concerns about security and governance (58%).
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For a sizeable majority (71%), data volumes are increasing by 27% a year. This amounts to storage being seen as a brake on digital transformation projects.
Those are some of the findings of a survey carried out for open source software supplier Suse, which questioned 1,202 senior IT decision makers in 11 countries.
The survey found that while two-thirds of UK businesses (66%) say demands from the business for IT to be more agile have increased in the last two years, more than half of them (58%) struggle to make storage sufficiently responsive.
Almost all UK respondents are concerned about data growth and storage slowing down digital transformation initiatives (91%).
The main frustrations with existing storage solutions are overall cost (83%), performance concerns (77%) and an inability to support innovation (74%).
Most (82%) think organisations in their sector need to rethink their approach to storage in the next 12 months to avoid business being compromised.
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Consequently, along with most regions in the study, UK companies are particularly focused on simplifying storage (58%) over the next 12 months, as well as reducing storage operating costs (55%).
Interesting general findings from the survey were the proportions of hybrid, flash and disk-based storage systems in place, as well as the amount of budget UK companies spend on storage.
Only 9% currently use software-defined storage, with 11% being the global average in the survey.
On average, UK storage budgets form 8% of the total IT budget (CapEx and OpEx). That compares to a global average of 7%.
Suse’s interest in the survey stems from its sale of software-defined storage based on Ceph, which it markets alongside open-source and virtualised server operating systems and virtual desktops.