Data volumes continue to explode: Of the 437 business technology professionals InformationWeek Analytics surveyed for our data deduplication report (available free for a limited time at dedupe.informationweek.com), more than half manage more than 10 TB of data, compared with just 10% who control less than 1 TB. Seven percent manage between 201 TB and 500 TB, and 8% are charged with wrangling more than 500 TB of data. These massive volumes may be a recent development–25% of the 328 business technology pros we surveyed for our 2009 InformationWeek Analytics State of Storage Survey managed less than 1 TB of data–but all indications point to this level of growth being the new normal.
The applications most responsible for the data deluge include the usual suspects: Enterprise databases and data warehouse apps (33%) and e-mail (23%) are cited most in our survey. Rich media, mainly voice and video, was cited by just 16%, but we think the recent surge in voice and video applications will put increasing demands on storage. And yes, we’ve been warned before about huge looming increases in video traffic, which never materialized. But there are good reasons to believe this time may be different given an increased focus on telecommuting and multimedia. In addition, the America Reinvestment and Recovery Act aims to have up to 90% of healthcare providers in the United States using electronic medical records by 2020.