7 IT-re­lated chal­lenges that need to be ad­dressed for M&A deal suc­cess

DHARMESH RATHOD

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As­so­ciate Vice Pres­i­dent- IT In­fra­struc­ture & Projects Group, Aegis Limited

ith ev­ery pos­si­ble ser­vice go­ing dig­i­tal and the con­tin­ued rise of In­ter­net con­nected de­vices — the amount of data stored is only set to in­crease fur­ther. This is cor­rob­o­rated by an EMC-IDC Dig­i­tal Uni­verse study, which states that the dig­i­tal uni­verse in In­dia will grow 23-fold be­tween 2012 and 2020.

With data grow­ing at such a fast pace, en­ter­prises are in­vest­ing in en­ter­prise stor­age sys­tems that prom­ise re­li­a­bil­ity and speedy ac­cess. For ex­am­ple, even though SSDs are ex­pen­sive as com­pared to tra­di­tional stor­age op­tions, they are be­ing ac­tively con­sid­ered in sec­tors like BFSI and e- com­merce, which re­quire higher IOPS per disk. That said, tape as a medium can­not be writ­ten off com­pletely, as en­ter­prises con­tinue to be­lieve in tape as the stor­age medium of choice for their long-term ar­chiv­ing and data re­ten­tion needs.

Soft­ware- de­fined stor­age is also ex­pected to be a dom­i­nant trend this year, as it al­lows en­ter­prises to de­fine more gran­u­larly their en­ter­prise stor­age needs. For ex­am­ple, with soft­ware- de­fined stor­age, en­ter­prises can choose the ca­pac­ity and per­for­mance in IOPS that they need for spe­cific ap­pli­ca­tions. An­a­lysts be­lieve that soft­ware- de­fined stor­age can en­able en­ter­prises to stop the in­ef­fi­cient method of over-pro­vi­sion­ing as stor­age can be al­lo­cated more in­tel­li­gently and ac­cu­rately.

Among smaller en­ter­prises and star­tups, cloud-based stor­age is pick­ing up in a big way. In In­dia, a host of In­dian dig­i­tal ser­vice providers are us­ing the cloud, as the prom­ise of no CAPEX cost and low run­ning costs is ex­tremely al­lur­ing. In the fu­ture, as en­ter­prises ex­pect more scale and greater cost eco­nom­ics, ex­pect cloud-based stor­age to be the norm than the ex­cep­tion for large en­ter­prises too.

But the big­gest im­pact on stor­age may come from the in­creas­ingly huge num­ber of de­vices that are con­nected to the In­ter­net. For ex­am­ple, Cisco es­ti­mates that more than 50 bil­lion de­vices will be con­nected to the In­ter­net by 2020. Sim­i­larly, Gart­ner es­ti­mates that IoT will in­clude 26 bil­lion units in­stalled by 2020. This will have a mas­sive im­pact on stor­age as these de­vices will gen­er­ate mas­sive amounts of in­put data from glob­ally dis­trib­uted sources. Look­ing at the sheer vol­ume, ve­loc­ity and type of data gen­er­ated due to IoT, en­ter­prises will have to relook at their meth­ods of stor­ing data.

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