Lack of testing putting IT infrastructures at risk.

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Increased need for application and infrastructure teams to collaborate to avoid performance problems highlighted by ESG and Virtual Instruments' research as only 41% of IT professionals will profile workloads and test storage before next storage purchase.

Research conducted by the Enterprise Strategy Group and co-sponsored by Virtual Instruments, has found that IT teams across Europe are putting their IT infrastructures--and businesses--at risk by failing to profile application workloads and test data storage systems before purchase and deployment.

Understanding and assessing application workload profiles before acquiring storage solutions provides critical insight into what's truly needed by application end-users. Without profiling production applications and analysing their I/O behaviour, properly evaluating and sizing storage systems can be extremely difficult as IT teams lack accurate information regarding the storage performance needed to keep them working optimally and to protect against slow-downs and outages. Yet, of the 412 IT professionals surveyed, only 41% said that they will profile their workloads before buying their next storage system and 56% trust either storage vendors or their VARs to advise them on the right solution. Solely depending on vendor recommendations or partners who are aligned with specific vendors could leave IT teams vulnerable. At best, there's a significant likelihood of over-provisioning and wasted financial expenditures, at worst it can mean a new storage solution is unable to keep up with the organisation's business...

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