SOURCE: TheInfoPro

January 28, 2008 13:13 ET

On Average 50% of Storage Production Environments at Fortune 1000 Organizations Are Targeted to Be Virtualized by 2009, According to New Research from TheInfoPro

Server Virtualization Is Driving Increased Spending on Storage Virtualization Technologies Within Fortune 1000 (F1000) Organizations

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - January 28, 2008) - TheInfoPro (TIP), www.theinfopro.net, an independent research network and leading supplier of market intelligence for the Information Technology (IT) industry, today announced that 35% of F1000 Storage organizations with block and file virtualization already in use increased their spending on block and file virtualization by 41% and 33%, respectively, in 2007. This trend is expected to continue in 2008. The number of Storage organizations that are users of block virtualization has almost doubled since Wave 6, to 21% in Wave 10 from 13%. Twenty-eight percent (28%) of F1000 Storage organizations that have storage virtualization deployed today anticipate that over 60% of their Storage production environments will be virtualized over the next 24 months.

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According to TIP's Wave 10 Storage Study -- which details technology adoption trends and timeframes, management techniques, and vendor performance data for the Storage industry -- virtualization has risen to being the fourth most common Storage initiative. Fueled by server virtualization and consolidation, block and file virtualization both rose on the Storage Management Adoption Index, which tracks the market uptake of emerging technologies. In addition, block virtualization and file virtualization are #1 and #4, respectively, on the In-Use Expansion Index, indicating that the depth of penetration within the market is also rapidly increasing. The In-Use Expansion Index illustrates levels of spending change for technologies with a minimum of 10% in use.

"Storage professionals leverage block and file virtualization technologies in a variety of ways, including increasing their ability to find and resolve application brown-outs or slowdowns," said Robert Stevenson, TIP's Managing Director of Storage Research. "Disk drives are getting bigger, increasing the probability of issues. Storage virtualization provides a way to manage this risk, without businesses needing to engage 'SWAT team' forensics performance investigations."

Within the provider landscape, a dramatic shift has been seen for these technologies:

Block Virtualization:

--  HDS is cited as the #1 in use provider, with IBM a very close #2.
--  3PAR usage has increased -- it is the #4 in use provider, with thin
    provisioning becoming a must-have component for storage virtualization.
    

File Virtualization:

--  EMC's Rainfinity continues to be the #1 in use file virtualization
    technology, with NetApp trailing right behind.
--  Following its acquisition of Acopia, in consideration and in use
    activity increased for F5 Networks.  It is the #2 in consideration vendor
    and the #5 in use vendor for file virtualization.
    

"We are seeing large shifts within vendor communities in response to changes in the features and capabilities that are being demanded from Storage Virtualization solutions. One could argue that the big vendors have been falling behind and struggling to roll out products that meet user needs," says Stevenson. "Nonetheless, with IBM's recent acquisition of XIV, EMC's planned 2.0 release of Invista, and HDS USP features improvements in 2008, end users may finally get closer to realizing their vision for storage virtualization and get ahead of the Server Virtualization adoption curve."

Over 275 F1000 and Midsize Enterprise (MSE) end users were interviewed for the Wave 10 Storage Study, providing commentary and insight on their Storage adoption plans, management strategies, and vendor performance. Storage Technology providers that were mentioned throughout the study include: 3PAR, Adaptec, Anue Systems, Arkivio, Asempra, Attachmate, Autonomy, BakBone, Blue Coat, Broadcom, Brocade, CA, Ciena, Cisco, ClearPoint Metrics, CommVault, COPAN, DataDirect, Networks, Data Domain, Dell, Diligent Technologies, Double-Take, Egenera, EMC, Emulex, EqualLogic, FalconStor, Finisar, Force10 Networks, Fujitsu Siemens, HDS, HP, IBM, IBRIX, Incipient, InMage, Isilon Systems, Juniper, LeftHand Networks, LSI, Microsoft, MSI Computer, NetApp, NEC, Nexsan, Nortel, Onaro, ONStor, Oracle, Packeteer, PlateSpin, QLogic, Quantum, Quest Software, Rackable Systems, Red Hat, Riverbed, Seagate, SEPATON, Signiant, Silver Peak, Spectra Logic, Sun, Symantec, Virtual Iron, Voltaire, Winchester Systems, and Yotta Yotta.

About TheInfoPro

TheInfoPro (TIP) is the only independent research network for the Information Technology (IT) industry. Created in 2002 by alumni of Gartner, EMC, Giga, and Bell Labs, TIP investigates key IT sectors -- Networking, Information Security, Servers, Storage, and Sourcing -- via a comprehensive in-depth interview process. Through a peer network of over 1800 of the world's largest buyers and users of IT -- including Citigroup, FedEx, McGraw-Hill, MasterCard, and Harvard University -- TIP delivers detailed budget, vendor performance and technology roadmap data without spin or bias. Known as the voice of the customer, TIP helps IT professionals, technology providers, and institutional investors make sound decisions on technologies, vendor relationships and investments. To learn more, visit www.theinfopro.net or call 1-212-672-0010.

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