“The disruption to the supply chain has now started to really be felt, and we are seeing price increases and shipments being interrupted as the disk shortages begin to bite. Businesses need to secure their storage requirements before both demand begins to soar, avoiding significant cost increases, while also moving to further protect themselves by reconsidering both their use of current resources and the way they approach data storage as a whole,” said Andy Wright, SCC’s Director for Vendor Alliances.

A plethora of global manufacturers have predicted disk shortages over the next six months. As a result, SCC reports that prices are rising, supply is falling and companies are stuck buying more storage in the midst of the crisis because they can’t afford to run out of space.

In addition to providing Storage Assessments in order to save clients space, SCC also reports intensifying interest in virtual storage solutions, thin provisioning technologies, de-duplication and solid state technologies . In an uncertain climate facilities such as SCC’s custom built data centre can offer stable, secure and infinitely scalable storage at a fraction of the price required to create in-house resources, and as a result the company is seeing renewed interest in virtualisation.

Wright added: “In a global economy, nobody is immune. As the news about Thailand broke businesses around Europe began to realise that even climactic events on the other side of the world can have a very real and immediate impact upon their operations, and that accelerating awareness is not only making them take issues like disaster recovery much more seriously, but is also driving a comprehensive rethink of their entire approach to data storage.”

“In the age of cloud computing, many companies’ continued insistence on maintaining expensive in-house storage clusters makes less and less sense. At the very least, they need to be urgently considering their potential routes to reducing reliance on such facilities and pegging back spiralling demand for storage resources.”

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