In the past, the enterprise storage industry was one that changed pretty slowly compared to other aspects of IT. However, there has been a flurry of activity in this field over the last few years, culminating in new enterprise storage trends from various vendors including Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Dell EMC, and IBM.
The increased attention to enterprise storage has been driven by a need to create data storage solutions that are more reliable and far safer than before. Additionally, the increasing use of cloud computing and storage is increasing the demand for enterprise storage with novel features and capabilities. The enterprise storage trends that you should look out for as the year goes by include:
New Storage Technologies Needed for New Data Models
The nature of data itself has changed, and this means that enterprise storage solutions have adapted to suit this need. For instance, there has been a confluence of cloud computing, mobile apps and Internet, which has resulted in the increased need for massive capacity to store the vast volume of data generated by this. Not only has the data needed to be stored, but also moved and processed as well. The traditional storage systems are simply not capable of dealing with this, which is why enterprise storage solutions have evolved to cater for these data-intensive loads. This is a trend that is likely to continue throughout the year.
Flash Media Will be Widely Used
The cost of flash media is now lower than it has ever been before, and is projected to become even lower as new storage technologies become more developed. As a result, there has been an upsurge in hybrid and all-flash enterprise storage solutions capable of much higher performance compared to the older systems. The numbers tell it all; according to the IDC, revenue from all-flash storage arrays has increased to over $1.1 billion, and signs are that this is unlikely to slow down. Flash storage for enterprise storage solutions has become the new normal, and is also the driver behind adoption of faster fiber and Ethernet storage networking protocols.
Public Cloud Storage is still Growing
Another definite enterprise storage trend is that the demand for public cloud storage will continue to grow in 2017.In addition, this trend shows no signs of stopping any time soon. Public cloud infrastructures provide many benefits to both individuals and commercial firms, without having to commit the space and hardware for an onsite enterprise storage solution. Most IT organizations are also deploying cloud to cloud backup systems to reduce the risk of data loss as well.
Server-Based Storage Is Being Used for Bigger Projects
Software-defined storage has become so popular that most IT firms have taken the route of combining software-defined storage stacks with commodity server hardware. This is used for non-public cloud storage infrastructure in order to reduce storage costs, and to streamline operations as well. External storage arrays admittedly make up majority of the planet, but server-based storage has a market share of almost 25%, and this is definitely going to increase in 2017 as the systems become more refined.
The end result of this is that software-defined storage has become a major part of many other major data initiatives, and massive workloads which demand object-based storage in addition to other data-intensive projects this year. These storage products are also increasingly designed to suit a wider range of uses.