Not that long ago, information was stored predominately in text form. Now, graphical data is combined with audio and video, and all of it needs to be stored, indexed, and archived. Consumer demand is also increasing, and current economic conditions make it challenging to balance budgets. End users demand fast and reliable access to information around the clock. Business leaders require that IT functions meet and exceed stringent service levels with minimum downtime. In turn, IT must be able to move at the speed of business to capitalize on new opportunities and respond to increasing global competition.