By Greg Meckbach

IT managers who comply with information storage regulations bybuying more storage and saving every single record will probably spendtoo much.

This was one tip released this week by Gartner Inc. of Stamford,Conn. Instead of going on a hardware buying binge, companies shouldinstead look at information access technologies that help identifyredundant information and decide what to save on primary storage.

In a press release, Gartner quoted Wilt Andrews, one of itsvice-presidents and distinguished analysts, as saying informationaccess technologies helps IT departments designate the importance andrelevance of information based on advanced approaches, rather thanintuition.

He said licence costs range from $10,000 to $3 million.

Another analyst firm, IDC, released a report Wednesday forecastingthe storage semiconductor market will grow by six per cent per yearover the next four years. The major drivers of growth include emergenceof iSCSI and Fiber Channel over Ethernet, plus the need for SASexpanders and multiplexers.