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Proact Storage Barometer:

Despite the fact that IT managers at Swedish companies and authorities agree that information volumes will go on increasing, the solutions for dealing with this growth are becoming more and more unmanageable. For example, four out of ten IT managers encourage users to delete information manually from company servers in order to free up space.  The Proact Storage Barometer, a survey of IT managers at 100 authorities and listed companies, shows that the number of companies managing the growing need for storage using short-term, time-consuming methods is on the increase. 

Seven out of ten IT managers at Swedish companies and authorities agree that information volumes will go on increasing over the coming year. Most of them are predicting an increase of around ten per cent, but a large number of them predict a significantly greater increase than that. Despite the fact that people are aware of the increasing need for storage, many of these companies have no solutions for dealing with the situation which are sustainable in the long term.

"The fact that data volumes are increasing ever more rapidly cannot come as a surprise for anyone working with IT. This is why it is surprising that a majority of Swedish companies are still acting reactively and dealing with the problem only when their systems are heading for breaking point, even though there are automated techniques available for handling this challenge," says Per Sedihn, CTO at Proact.

Nearly eight out of ten managers said that they are dealing with growing information volumes by extending their systems, adding more disk space, and more than one in three replied that they move older information to different disk drives or CDs. Nearly four out of ten order their users to delete duplicates and private information manually; this method has increased markedly since last year's Storage Barometer. More long-term, automated solutions, such as an archiving solution for e-mail and file archives and deduplication to eliminate file duplicates, are used by just 37 and 30 per cent of companies respectively.  

"Besides being time-consuming and hence costly, encouraging staff to delete files manually is also a very uncertain way of going about things. Staff do not always have the ability to assess what type of information is important to the company. Data volumes will go on increasing, and companies have to adopt the long-term view on this problem so as to develop strategies on how they can efficiently deal with and classify what information is to be retained, and for how long," says Per Sedihn, CTO at Proact.

About the survey

The Storage Barometer is an annual survey carried out on behalf of Proact. The survey was carried out through telephone interviews with 100 randomly selected authorities and listed companies in Sweden. The questions were put to heads of IT/IT managers.

For further information, please contact

Per Sedihn, CTO, Proact IT Sweden
tel.: +46 (0) 8 410 666 52, e-mail: per.sedihn@proact.se


About Proact 

Proact is a specialist in storage, archiving and securing large volumes of mission-critical information. As an independent integrator, Proact provides systems, support and consulting services within its focus area of data storage and archiving.

The Proact Group has more than 600 employees and conducts business in Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Great Britain, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden. Proact was founded in 1994 and its parent company, Proact IT Group AB (publ) has been listed on Nasdaq OMX Stockholm since 1999 under the symbol PACT.

Additional information about Proact is available at www.proact.eu

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