Nearly 60 percent of IT managers say that managing the cost and complexity of maintaining the company’s data is their top priority, a survey has found.

In addition, more than 40 percent also cited the reduction of server provisioning times and instigating a disaster recovery plan as other chief concerns.

The survey, Brocade's annual survey of enterprises, asked 660 CIOs and managers from large enterprises to give their views on a variety of IT trends.

Despite all the grid computing hype, it has failed to capture corporate imagination. Only a fifth of respondents said that it was the leading IT trend, well behind the 36 percent who cited information lifecycle management (ILM) as the top trendsetter.

Highights of the survey include:

  • 59 percent noted that reducing cost and complexity remains their top priority
  • 43 percent said the need to reduce server provisioning times, and provide server virtualisation are top priorities
  • 42 percent rated business continuity and disaster recovery as top priorities
  • 37 percent indicated plans to re-architect existing SANs for growth or next-generation datacentre needs
  • 34 percent identified file data management as a top priority (the largest increase in a category from last year’s results)

“The fact that solving issues around cost and complexity surfaced again as key priorities underscores the profound impact that data growth continues to have on the datacentre,” said Tom Buiocchi, Brocade vice president of worldwide marketing and support.