By Scott Thompson
Seventy one per cent of UK organisations have named Big Data as their top data storage challenge in 2012.
According to a survey carried out by Vanson Bourne on behalf of Amplidata, which specialises in optimised object-based storage technology, concerns were especially high in the retail, distribution and transport sectors, with 84 per cent rating it as their top concern, and in financial services, with 76 per cent.
The larger the company the stronger the need to address big data, the survey indicates. Some 76 per cent of respondents from businesses with over 3,000 employees ranked Big Data as their top concern, against 66 per cent when the organisation’s staff counts between 1,000 and 3,000. Other pressing issues in order of priority for UK organisations are: Storage for large files such as rich media; Always-on storage for cloud applications; Building disk archives, to replace tape.
Mike Wall, chairman at Amplidata, says: “Managing large volumes of data, structured or unstructured, is not just a case of adding storage to your datacentre. It presents challenges that only appear when the amount of data reaches a certain size. Object storage was specifically designed to address such challenges and, as such, is being adopted as the only viable long-term solution for many big unstructured data projects."