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DBAs need more storage, but will have to maintain it themselves

More than 90% of DBA respondents to a survey said they'll need more storage in 2007. Insufficient storage has caused many companies delays in database deployments, but less so in companies in which DBAs also manage storage.

Database administrators (DBAs) expect to need more storage space for databases in 2007, and they will be increasingly responsible for maintaining it, according to a survey by the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG).

More than 90% of DBAs who responded to the survey said their storage needs will grow, and 43% have said storage issues have held back new applications in the last two years. Delays were less frequent in companies in which DBAs also managed day-to-day storage issues.

To help back up and retrieve this increasing body of information, companies are looking past traditional tape backups and maintaining searchable archives on disk. About a third of all companies have some archiving system in place, according to a report published January 2006 by the Enterprise Strategy Group, and this number grows to more than half among companies with 20,000 or more employees.

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