IT executives will need to ensure that access
to data is controlled at all times. Also, as
the amount of data to be stored increases, the
IT organization will need to adapt to ensure
that response times remain consistent. In order
to achieve this, IT executives will need to
have in place a proper storage framework. IT
executives will need to consider a number of
factors in their formulation of a storage strategy.
Concerns to be addressed by such a framework
include the following.
• Capacity - What is the current volume
of data being produced by the enterprise; how
rapidly is it growing?
• Cost – What will enterprise expenditure
be for storage hardware, software, support,
• Manageability – Will IT staff
will be able to support the storage infrastructure
cost effectively and with ease?
• Performance – How rapidly will
the storage infrastructure deliver information
to the user?
• Reliability – Will the storage
infrastructure in place be functional at all
• Scalability – How well will the
current storage infrastructure adapt to chances
IT executives also need to consider the disaster
recovery implications of any existing or future
storage policies. Data backup needs to occur
in a secure location. If the storage facility
resides on-site, IT executives will want to
evaluate how close proximity to other business
operations will affect the enterprise in the
case of natural disasters or other catastrophic
events. IT executive should strongly consider
moving off-site any such facilities, in order
to reduce risk that such an event would completely
dehabilitate business operations.