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Storage: How do You Know if You Have Enough?

Today's IT departments are continually being challenged to prove their value from a return on investment standpoint to the C-suite. Many times they are seen as a cost center, when in fact, if managed properly, they can contribute huge savings to the bottom line.  

One area of considerable interest and concern for a corporation is data storage. Data is the lifeblood of an organization, and the amount of data that companies generate can be unpredicatable. IT departments are also stuggling with shrinking budgets, shadow IT groups, legacy systems, growing maintenance costs and the mandate to move to modernize, automate and transform. Workforces are also becoming more mobile and remote, and they need to access data anywhere, any time and on any device.

So the question becomes, what datasets remain onsite versus in a public, private or hybrid cloud where it may be perceived to be less expensive? Then there are the questions of archiving, backup, recovery and the overall protection of your most critical business applications — the heartbeat of your business.

Savvy IT departments need to become less siloed and more inline with the overall needs of the business. Are there plans for mergers and acquisitions, will the business be divesting or shrinking it's footprint, etc. Are they looking to move to born-in-the-cloud apps like SalesForce.com, Google or Office 365? These decisions will help to craft how much storage is needed and where it will be kept.