More than a third of IT managers are too frightened to upgrade their storage systems, research published today has claimed.
A report commissioned by technology integration company Morse found that two-thirds of IT managers fear data loss or corruption when they switch to a new system, and 39 per cent are so worried that they would avoid making a change.
Morse warned that a failure to take advantage of new storage technology could affect a company's performance.
"It is understandable that IT managers have developed a phobia about migrating business data," said Wes van den Berg, storage consultant at Morse.
"But they should not let this fear stand in the way of new technology that could reduce the amount of time and money needed to manage business data.
"Today's businesses also cannot afford to be locked into one vendor's technology when there are so many different options and new features available. "
Along with data loss or corruption, 52 per cent of those surveyed said that the possibility of network downtime during the migration would be enough to deter them from the project.
However, three quarters of IT managers admitted that they would tackle data migration if there was a risk-free way to do so. The ability to consolidate storage systems would be the biggest draw for 64 per cent of respondents.
The research surveyed 100 IT managers in large enterprises across the UK and was undertaken by Vanson Bourne.
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