SOURCE: Peripheral Concepts, Inc.

March 08, 2007 08:00 ET

SMB Market Poised for Major Growth in Data and Storage Management

SANTA BARBARA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 8, 2007 -- A series of extensive end user surveys conducted by Peripheral Concepts, Inc. reveals a major shift in the Small and Medium Business (SMB) plans to implement high-availability secure IT operations. The survey findings are analyzed in five available reports:

ILM and Data Classification:

ILM deployment process encompasses a number of defined steps, which are fully implemented by less than 20% of the respondents. Security is the most important classification criteria. SMBs dedicate up to 30% of their IT budget to deploy ILM, viewed as a solution to major deficiencies in their IT operation.

Data Protection and CDP:

Data protection has been the weakest link in the high-availability chain that conditions true business continuity. Snapshot techniques and Continuous Data Protection (CDP) come to the rescue, to meet critical business objectives. ERP is the most common application for CDP. 61% of the respondents estimate the Return On Investment to be less than 2 years.

Backup, D2D and VTL:

As tape refuses to die, Virtual Tape Libraries (VTL) leads the way in terms of disk-based backup adoption and the growth is particularly promising in the medium sites. Faster data retrieval, reliability and ease of management are the major reasons for implementing VTL. In spite of a strong tape presence, 55% estimate the timeframe for a tape-less operation to be less than 4 years.

iSCSI and SAN:

37% of the 4,000 surveyed sites have implemented an iSCSI SAN, compared to less than 20% a year ago. This important market penetration involves all business tiers, challenging the early belief that iSCSI would more specifically attract small and medium sites. Concerns on security and performance that initially hindered iSCSI no longer constitute an obstacle.

NAS and NAS Virtualization:

41% of the sites have implemented NAS Virtualization. Sites storing over 30% of their data on NAS have grown to 44% from 29% in 2005, and 25% in 2004. Transparent scalability is cited as the major product selection criteria, followed by performance, and the ability to merge NAS units from different vendors.

The five reports are now available. PERIPHERAL CONCEPTS, Inc. is a leading consulting firm specializing in storage and storage management. For more information go to

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