Predictions On Data Storage Industry: Flash and Hybrid Cloud
Flash-based storage and the cloud will play important roles in meeting enterprise storage needs.
Traditional information indicates that the trends we’re seeing within organization data centers, including extended efficiency through virtualization and escalating disk storage density into the multi-terabyte range, are pushed by means of the collision of dramatic data growth and flat IT spending.
In the real scenario, the driving force within IT and business stems from the need to benefit and maintain the competitive advantage with the aid of deriving greater value from the data assets. No longer is the simple storage and access of data is sufficient to sustain a leading-edge business. Therefore, flash-based storage and hybrid cloud are poised to change the enterprise storage landscape.
The all-flash data center
Flash-based storage is at the forefront, where business data storage will migrate in the future. The deployment of flash storage is increasing at a rapid pace, however, according to the “2015 Data Storage Market Trends” survey performed by IT analyst, industry respondents overwhelmingly agreed that effective storage strategies are important for core applications/business processes resulting in the competitive advantage for their organization.
The data storage, mainly flash is becoming a strategic asset of the modern commercial enterprise. In fact, the complementary forces like, the developing need of lower power consumption & other operational costs are the driving forces.
The never-ending market thirst for faster & more responsive online experiences may direct us to the all-flash data center in the near future. At the same time, there might be a place required for other forms of storage for archival or less-active data.
An all-flash facility will provide many advantages. Slow-performing or aging storage solutions may no longer be a limitation for business innovation.
Corporations will be able to deploy new functions, applications, virtual desktop infrastructures, mobile and social systems of engagement.
New technology-driven business lines are going to be less complicated. Additionally, the all-flash architecture structure will go to eliminate silos of storage, because for the first time enterprises might be able to handle multiple workloads by using only one storage medium.
Most significantly, overall IT costs will go down, way to operational and even some capital cost savings. Enterprises will implement different types of flash storages: robust flash to support performance sensitive applications, and less expensive flash storage where performance is not in consideration.
Though the all-flash data center is a worthy objective, it’s critical to remember one fact that data centers will not move completely to flash because of the logical reasons (as all data is not the same). Some data sets are very useful right now and consequently very active; others are no longer accessed often and have turned “cold.” Organizations will still pay to keep cold data around; they just wish to pay as less as possible. And this is where the future of storage is heading with another effective trend within the commercial enterprise and IT: cloud computing.
The cloud offers multiple cost and flexibility advantages to organizations; however a vital challenge facing the cloud is network latency. For instance, data traveling from Singapore to Seattle needs more milliseconds in comparison to data accessed from flash-based storage humming away in the basement.
For most of the industries, like the financial sector and even healthcare, milliseconds may imply millions of dollars. However, for cold data, or even “lukewarm” data, cloud storage is a boon to the business and other industry.
Enter the hybrid cloud. This IT services delivery model provides excellent flexibility to satisfy the rapidly evolving requirements of modern business. Some appropriate compute and storage requirements can be moved off-premises and into the cloud, while others that really require staying can do so. For instance, a big data center designed to optimize efficiency is unbeatable on price. Organizations that store cool data will observe a reduction in IT expenses, without sacrificing all the advantages that local flash storage offers for active data sets.
The future of storage is shifting towards the hybrid cloud. Despite the fact that there can be variations of the rule, we will anticipate active data to remain local on flash, and less active data to shift toward the lower expenses offered by high-density disk, tape, and the cloud.
As part of this shift towards hybrid cloud, software-defined storage technologies will monitor and move data automatically. Most importantly, the amount of storage needed might not be the main focus, as among tape and the cloud, there’s much inexpensive capacity available. Alternatively, the focus more than ever may be on what we are able to do with our data assets, and how much that will cost.
Flash based storageand hybrid cloud are critical for organizations today. Right now, organizations of every kind and sizes are evaluating IT solutions primarily based on these readily available technologies. Many companies are imposing them now. Not only to store data, rather benefit competitive advantage and drive all the value viable from their data assets.
- Julia is Techarex Network’s Content Marketing Associate for Intuit products. She has worked as a B2B and Marketing Strategist for the last seven years, helping businesses with software implementation for Customer Service, CRM, and Email Marketing. Julia thrives in helping companies find the right software solution for their projects. Aside from his obvious passion for Marketing, Julia admits to being a foodie and travel enthusiast.
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