"The demand for enterprise storage continues to grow. Still,
many organizations, even those on the bleeding edge when it comes
to application use, are reluctant to consider open source storage
options when it comes to their fundamental IT infrastructure. The
reasons are complex. Even calculating savings due to using open
storage isn't a simple matter.
"Enterprises' need for storage is increasing exponentially as
businesses use more and more rich media such as audio and video
both within their networks and on customer-facing websites.
"That demand is going to continue growing, driven both by
customer demand and demand from new hires who grew up with the
Internet and want the same ease of use and features they already
have at home.
"However, storage is expensive, and a decent subsystem runs into
the multiple tens of thousands of dollars. This is driven many
corporations to consider cloud computing and cloud storage
solutions, and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA)
earlier this year put out a paper on managing private and hybrid
clouds for data storage."