The data storage industry is experiencing an accelerated demand for storage capacity that will make the more or less normal compounded annual growth rates of 50-80% seem mild by comparison.
The growth of stored data is about to increase at rates never before seen. This growth is being driven bya need to leverage new data sources (web‐based social media for example) to create new businessopportunities and increase competitive advantage. The current ways of managing data in an acceleratedgrowth environment are not sustainable. Petabyte‐scale storage and data management processes willbe required. Traditional storage architectures and data management practices will not be sustainable atPetabyte scale. IT administrators must therefore respond by becoming far more efficient. Here weenumerate the attributes of a storage environment designed for sustainable, high velocity growth, andreview Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) as a platform for sustainable storage and data management.