It’s no secret that I am a neurotic about having numbers in my blogs. I love data and often tell my team that we must have claims and quantitative data points for all of our marketing materials. More than once, I have heard moans and groans from folks when I tell them that we can’t go forward without some stats that support our claims. I also have some OCD tendencies to want to group things into 3s, 5s or 10s. This is also why I love fantasy football. It is fun to sift through data and play with statistics.
My OCD issues aside, numbers are important. Data is important. People trust data. And more than trust, data is meaningful. So when we decided to survey global IT professionals on trends and drivers impacting their data centers, we were hoping to provide meaningful data that would help guide our customers as they address the bandwidth strains virtualization, cloud, big data and convergence are putting on their data centers today, and tomorrow.
It goes without saying that we were pleased with the results of this survey, because not only did it reveal some interesting statistics, it reaffirmed and validated others…such as the fact that the majority of organizations are converging their LAN and SAN fabrics, something we’ve stood behind since the Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) standard was ratified three years ago. What was most amazing to me was the rate at which the demand for bandwidth is increasing. Not only are almost half of respondents deploying 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE), the majority of the survey respondents foresee needing to jump to 100GbE in just four more years. That’s just unprecedented! These data points perfectly aligned with what we had hoped for; proving that I/O is, in fact, strategic. That is the type of data that excites me. Incredible jumps in data and storage needs and adoption cycles that just keep getting faster (16Gb Fibre Channel [16GFC] is another great example of that – we are seeing adoption of 16GFC growing 25 percent faster than the transition to 8GFC).
Beyond gathering some data that is incredibly useful, this survey was pretty widely received in the IT world (check out eWeek, CRN, InformationWeek, ChannelBiz and Computerweekly, to name a few) fostering discussion, and hopefully, smart, well-educated decisions by enterprise organizations as they deploy new technologies now and in the future. But I must say, my favorite highlight of this survey in the media had to be seeing our infographic (talk about numbers – infographics have become my pet project!) splayed across the jumbotron in Times Square. If that doesn’t say data is important (and strategic!), I don’t know what does.