"Moore" is law for Aussie storage

Australian businesses are doubling the size of their data storage networks at least every 18 months, despite a global IT industry slump, says storage executive Robin Purohit.

SYDNEY--Australian businesses are doubling the size of their data storage networks at least every 18 months, despite a global IT industry slump, says storage executive Robin Purohit.

The product management VP at storage software group Veritas said user expectations when conducting business online were stronger than ever--even though global IT expenditures had dropped significantly.

¡§There¡¦s been a high level of (user) expectation that¡¦s been set,¡¨ he said. ¡§The IT budgets are slowing and the investments are under a lot of scrutiny. But the expectation has not gone away.¡¨

To meet that expectation, companies needed more reliable data storage systems and faster back-up systems, he warned.

Purohit said Australian businesses were reluctant to ramp up their IT ¡§head counts¡¨, even though storage requirements were increasing steadily.

Implementing storage management strategies and automating data network processes would enable businesses to multiply their storage capabilities without topping up staff numbers accordingly. ¡§People aren¡¦t hiring more tech staff in proportion to storage growth,¡¨ he said.

Purohit said Australian enterprises had been slower than their global peers in adopting storage management strategies initially, but a surge in storage expenditure had emerged recently. In fact, Australia represented the company¡¦s fastest growing operation globally, with a workforce growing from 18 to over 200 in around 18 months, he said.

The company¡¦s clients locally include Australia Post, National Australia Bank and the Australian operation of financial services firm UBS Warburg.

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