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IN BRIEF Fujitsu survey finds CFOs prefer long-term storage investments Data storage requirements for small and mid-size businesses are predicted to double over the next four years, according to a new Fujitsu study among senior finance professionals in small and medium sized businesses (SMEs). In turn, this high growth is causing widespread concern (76%) that high or unpredictable data growth will lead to escalating data storage and management costs. With a keen eye on risk, issues of data availability, data protection and data security are front of mind for finance decision makers, who also expressed anxiety about the implications of an unexpected growth in data volumes. Top issues include the need to fund additional storage capacity and concerns about spiraling data management costs due to rapidly increasing data volumes. Senior finance professionals are also acutely aware of the challenges that traditional disk and tape-based storage solutions and expressed frustration at factors such as systems hitting an expandability wall, leading to investment requests coming out of the blue; the waste of equipment which prematurely reaches end-of-life, and a high reliance on skilled IT staff and the challenges associated with maintaining these skills. Looking forward, finance professionals outlined the key characteristics they expect to see in relation to new storage technology – highlighting three factors as most important: Automation to reduce reliance on manual skills to minimise both cost and risk; the ability to add capacity as demands increase, without replacing entire systems, and overall system flexibility to better deal with high and unpredictable data growth. For further information visit: www.fujitsu.com Insights from Colocation Buyers Delivered in New 451 Research Report Schneider Electric partnered with 451 Research to survey 450 end-user decision makers of colocation services in the United States, Australia, Europe and China across multiple geographies. 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