Unified storage is set to feature heavily in the data management procedures of the future, it has been claimed.
According to Bob Plumridge, chairman of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), data storage units used to be linked directly to individual applications.
However, the diverse nature of modern data sources meant that companies would have spare storage that they couldn't use for a different application.
Mr Plumridge points out that unified storage allows a company to use any spare space that it has available for whatever data it needs to retain.
"When your requirement for storing Word documents or email systems starts to grow, you don't have to worry about going out and buying storage for that if you already have spare capacity in your unified environment," he said.
The latest research from the Aberdeen Group shows that the average firm's data volume grew by 40 per cent in 2010.
Posted by Rachel Wheeler