SOURCE: Promise Technology

PROMISE Technology

December 13, 2010 12:51 ET

PROMISE U.S.-Based Survey Says Storage Virtualization Imperatives Focus on Cost Savings, Consolidation and Disaster Recovery

License Savings, Total Cost of Acquisition, Reliability Top Concerns for U.S. Decision Makers Implementing Storage Virtualization; Cost Savings Ranks Number One

MILPITAS, CA--(Marketwire - December 13, 2010) - PROMISE Technology Inc., a leading supplier of versatile RAID storage solutions catering to customers from enterprise to consumer, today announced the results of its comprehensive Storage Virtualization Survey conducted over the past three months via face-to-face exchanges at VMworld 2010, Gartner Symposium ITxpo 2010 and through email. The respondents comprised a diverse group of U.S. IT professionals ranging from CIOs to IT administrators. Industries represented are: manufacturing, education, healthcare, federal, state and local governments, media and entertainment, telecommunications, Independent Service Providers (ISPs) and software developers. Among the 200 respondents, the number one driver to adoption of storage virtualization was the ability to control Total Cost of Acquisition (TCA), which was a key concern in generating cost savings.

Among the revealing findings, over 59% of the respondents stated that cost savings was the key benefit of implementing a storage virtualization initiative. It was interesting to note that only 18% ranked improvements in storage utilization as the number one benefit.

The ability to proactively manage storage consolidation initiatives ranked second on the list of key/critical benefits to virtualization implementation at 36% followed closely by disaster recovery at 28%. Additionally, 97% of respondents said they are currently implementing server virtualization; of that same pool, 67% are also currently implementing storage virtualization.

The ability to control and/or reduce licensing savings was a predominant concern with 40% of respondents. Reliability and availability ran neck and neck for second place with 30% saying both were among chief challenges.

Additional findings included:

  • 73% of the pool performed a virtualization assessment before taking action compared to the 27% that did not;
  • 57% firmly believe they have a well-devised storage virtualization strategy as opposed to 43% that did not;
  • Only 28% noted a goal of improving disaster recovery was at the top of their list of storage virtualization benefits; and,
  • A huge majority, 72%, have a full reconstruction plan in place to deal with disaster recovery.

"We believe that seeking direct feedback from the IT professional community enables us to accurately direct our development and engineering projects so we can better address and meet the needs of the end-user," said Ray Bahar, vice president sales, marketing and strategic alliances, the Americas, PROMISE Technology, USA. "We have built our company on bringing to market only those solutions that help our customers address their business challenges to maintain their competitive advantage. By allowing their voices to be heard on industry-leading technology challenges, we can continue that legacy."

With its most recently announced storage solutions, PROMISE directly addressed the market's virtualization concerns. The new PROMISE VTrak™ Ex30, when coupled with the recently announced VTrak S3000, brings outstanding functionality and performance to all levels of a virtualized environment.

PROMISE addresses the cost savings issue directly with its VTrak S3000, which includes a robust set of data service appliances at a greatly reduced cost to the end-user. There are no additional license fees or hidden costs in this solution; the MSRP is inclusive, allowing IT departments to accurately manage their TCA. The addition of the VTrak S3000 to the VTrak series provides IT administrators with a wide range of storage services and leading-edge tools to manage their organization's mission-critical data. The virtualization platform from PROMISE delivers a number of functions that end users from midrange organizations to enterprise customers expect to see in storage systems including multi-tiering, storage virtualization, data protection and thin provisioning.

For more information on the recent VTrak Ex30 and VTrak S3000 announcements, visit www.promise.com.

About PROMISE Technology, Inc.
With a long history of innovation, PROMISE Technology develops and manufactures sophisticated RAID solutions recognized worldwide, ranging from a complete line of RAID controller cards to FC/iSCSI/SAS/SATA RAID subsystems. Catering to enterprise, mid-range, entry-level consumer data protection needs, PROMISE products are distinguished by their Unified Common RAID Core and management software and unparalleled support. Headquartered in Milpitas, Calif., PROMISE has operations throughout Asia and Europe. For more information, visit PROMISE Technology's website at www.PROMISE.com.

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