Survey Says: Storage is Key to Harnessing the Power of Data

We’ve been talking a lot about the value of data the past few weeks. At HGST, we believe it is the currency of the new economy and that its value is growing more every day – but we don’t expect you to just take our word for it. We commissioned a multi-country survey of CIOs and technology decision makers with some pretty interesting findings about the value of data and storage trends in the data center.

HGST Global Survey Results of CIO and IT Decision Makers Infographic

We surveyed 710 CIOs and IT decision makers from the U.S., UK, France, Germany, Singapore, India, Korea, Japan and China to hear their thoughts and plans for everything from data growth, data center tiering strategies and growth of the cloud.

A quick glance at the key survey findings:

  • 86% believe all data has value if it can be stored, accessed and analyzed, but 48% are not storing all available data
  • 78% say better analytic tools and storage solutions would improve business efficiency
  • 25% admit they don’t have the right mix of structured, unstructured and semi-structured data storage to analyze their data
  • 56% are planning, or already implementing Active Archive solutions
  • 61% are planning or engaged in a total cost of ownership (TCO) related project, the highest level for any initiative tested

While there is no “one size fits all” data center solution, respondents overwhelmingly pointed to storage as the primary driver of IT investments, and the challenges of storing, retaining, accessing and transforming this massive volume of data has put storage at the heart of the data center.

From TCO initiatives, Active Archive plans to making decisions between public, private and hybrid cloud solutions, one thing is clear–data growth is exploding and data value is increasing. To that we say, Long Live Data™.

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