A study by Gartner, which quizzed over 1,000 individuals, showed that 47 per cent ranked growing data volumes as one of their top three technology challenges.
Up to 37 per cent cited scalability and system performance while 36 per cent claimed that connectivity architecture and network congestion were the most pressing issues to confront, the research showed.
Almost two-thirds of those questioned said they would be investing in data archiving in response to the rising volumes of information.
April Adams, research director at Gartner, said: âWhile all the top data centre hardware infrastructure challenges impact cost to some degree, data growth is particularly associated with increased costs relative to hardware, software, associated maintenance, administration and services.
âGiven that cost containment remains a key focus for most organizations, positioning technologies to show that they are tightly linked to cost containment, in addition to their other benefits, is a promising approach."
Gartnerâs study also revealed the nature of others projects firms expect to work on in response to the increases - they include data reduction, storage management and storage consolidation.
By Jim Ottewill