In a time of economic uncertainty, one thing remains certain: this time next year there will be more data in the data center. Probably a lot more data.
History shows that data growth has been pacing at about 50% per year. Some growth is driven by new business solutions, such as productivity and quality gains, while other growth relates to regulatory requirements, like those of Sarbanes-Oxley or HIPAA.
Many IT budgets, if not already cut, soon will be—but from where? All that new data is going to stress every component of every system. Server CPUs will be busier, RAM less plentiful, and networks more congested. Data storage devices may soon overflow.