How leading In­dian CIOs across ver­ti­cals are ad­dress­ing their spe­cific stor­age needs

With or­ga­ni­za­tions ex­pe­ri­enc­ing ex­po­nen­tial data growth, de­sign­ing an ef­fec­tive stor­age strat­egy that meets cur­rent data stor­age needs and the ex­pected rates of growth is top of mind for ev­ery CIO. Amrita Premrajan of In­for­ma­tion­Week spoke to five CIOs fr

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With or­ga­ni­za­tions ex­pe­ri­enc­ing ex­po­nen­tial data growth, de­sign­ing an ef­fec­tive stor­age strat­egy that meets cur­rent data stor­age needs and the ex­pected rates of growth is top of mind for ev­ery CIO. Amrita Premrajan of In­for­ma­tion­Week spoke to five CIOs from leading In­dian com­pa­nies across sec­tors to un­der­stand in­dus­try-spe­cific re­quire­ments of each ver­ti­cal and stor­age in­fra­struc­ture they have adopted to ad­dress these re­quire­ments. CIOs also dis­cuss emerg­ing stor­age tech­nolo­gies they are eval­u­at­ing for the near fu­ture

Within any en­ter­prise a strong stor­age strat­egy is very es­sen­tial to sup­port var­i­ous busi­ness func­tions — be it en­abling crit­i­cal en­ter­prise apps to deliver high per­for­mance and quick turn­around time by plac­ing them on the SSD (Solid State Drive) tier or be it ar­chiv­ing the mas­sive 5-6 months old crit­i­cal en­ter­prise data onto tape stor­age for com­pli­ance rea­sons. Also, with to­day’s businesses gen­er­at­ing more data than ever be­fore, de­sign­ing and main­tain­ing a ro­bust stor­age ar­chi­tec­ture is emerg­ing as a busi­ness im­per­a­tive for or­ga­ni­za­tions.

To gauge in­dus­try-spe­cific stor­age re­quire­ments of var­i­ous ver­ti­cals and stor­age tech­nolo­gies that are be­ing con­sid­ered to ad­dress these re­quire­ments, In­for­ma­tion­Week spoke to em­i­nent In­dian CIOs from across ver­ti­cals. Most of the CIOs to­day have al­ready cre­ated a stor­age tier based on per­for­mance and cost of the stor­age de­vices. They are ded­i­cat­ing the high per­for­mance and high cost stor­age de­vices like SSDs and fiber chan­nels to en­ter­prise apps need­ing high speed of ac­cess, while low cost, low per­for­mance stor­age de­vices like tape stor­age are be­ing uti­lized for archival pur­poses, where the stored data is not ac­cessed fre­quently and hence doesn’t call for quick turn­around time. While some have al­ready im­ple­mented stor­age vir­tu­al­iza­tion, most CIOs are eval­u­at­ing the tech­nol­ogy and con­sid­er­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion in the near fu­ture, con­sid­er­ing the ef­fi­ciency and cost ben­e­fits it of­fers.

Here is the first-per­son ac­count of five CIOs from leading In­dian com­pa­nies.

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