Podcast: Jerome Wendt on the state of storage
Today, we bring you Episode 4 of our Beyond the Hype podcast series. In this segment, LP&P's Don Jennings chats with Jerome Wendt, lead analyst and president of DCIG about the key drivers in the storage technology market.
Don opens the discussion by asking for Jerome's view of the impact of the current economic uncertainty on storage spending. Jerome states that he's not seeing signs of a negative impact because companies are getting more value for their money, and their storage needs continue to grow. Jerome feels companies need to tier data storage and as part of this look at archiving and storage resource management software.
Don then asks what storage technologies are exciting customers the most. According to Jerome, data de-duplication is at the top of the list, with off-site storage commanding a good deal of mindshare as well.
Jerome then talks about two other issues on the minds of customers -- data recovery and lowering power costs. On recovery, he says that "everyone is holding their breath" and saying "I hope this recovery works. But that's not going to cut it, as customers are going to expect data to be recovered in near real-time." He adds that any technologies that lower power costs will be hot this year and beyond. "Companies are telling me that we can't plug any more stuff into our wall without jumping through hoops to run more power to our data center because [power companies] don't have it to give anymore."