Why Data Storage Tomorrow Could Look Completely Different
Narender Yadav /
September 26, 2018
As businesses undergo a digital transformation, there is an unprecedented explosion of data – 2.5 quintillion bytes of data is created each day, with the last 2 years accounting for 90% of the all the data generated in the world! With such massive amounts of data being generated, organizations are looking to gain critical information with every customer-service call, every social media post, and through every device connected to the Internet of Things (IoT). Organizations want to generate insights and make smart, data-driven decisions. Since access to data is the lifeblood of any enterprise, how you leverage it has become key to differentiating your business.
Benefiting from data requires a fundamental change in how it is stored, accessed and managed. Whether you’re undertaking an enterprise-wide digital transformation or taking baby steps towards some immediate digital initiative, companies of all sizes struggle to strategically plan storage in a fast-changing tech landscape. Meeting the needs of a digital enterprise requires embracing a storage strategy that has zero tolerance for downtime and consistently delivers quick and uninterrupted access to all the data. Clearly, this has implications for the companies building the Data Storage products these enterprises will use. Here’s why data storage tomorrow could look completely different:
- The advancements in virtualization: In a digital world of distributed and diverse data, the traditional data warehouse is on the verge of vanishing. According to Gartner, better management of data growth and ensuring high availability of data in support of business demands are today’s top priorities. This emphasizes the importance of digital initiatives requiring rapid and reliable data integration, data sharing, and data storage by users and applications. Storage virtualization –to support innovations in big data, IoT, machine learning, and artificial intelligence – is poised to completely transform the data storage landscape. By removing physical, geographical, and device-specific restrictions of data storage equipment that slow, interrupt or endanger your IT operations, it will enable enterprises to have access to data as and when they want it, and positively transform the customer experience.
- The penetration of cloud: Storage as a service is gaining immense traction, and is allowing organizations to meet the always on, always connected service demands of customers and avoid the risk of losing business. By providing a flexible data management approach that delivers significant savings over traditional data replication and consolidation, the cloud will lay the foundation for highly available, easily accessible on-demand data storage. It will help in building an empowered digital workspace, increase productivity, and offer rich desktop and mobile experiences whenever and wherever needed. Ultimately, businesses can become empowered with more insight and agility to respond to changing conditions. HP Nimble Storage, for instance, leverages cutting-edge flash storage and predictive analytics features that allow organizations to seamlessly move workloads, easily manage multi-cloud orchestration and automation, and enjoy 99.9999% availability,
- The rise of containers: Although containers came into being as the perfect way to package applications, enterprise-class container management is set to change the face of data storage. Modern software-defined resources, such as storage, will soon be delivered mostly in containerized form to deliver highly flexible programmable infrastructures. This approach will enable vendors to package applications and their required infrastructure – including storage – as individual units that can be redeployed. This will enable the full environment and even data center-level cloud provisioning. Being able to deploy a data center on demand could completely transform the data storage landscape and improve disaster recovery capabilities. VMware’s vSphere Integrated Containers deliver critical enterprise container infrastructure to help organizations run both traditional and containerized applications side-by-side on a common platform. IT teams will look to leverage the security, isolation, and management features of VMs, and developers can enjoy the speed and agility of containers.
- The move towards hyperconvergence: Hyperconvergence is driving organizations to move their storage investments from legacy systems to modern, software-driven systems. According to IDC, hyperconverged infrastructure revenue is expected to reach $7.15 billionin 2021. By combining storage, computing, and networking into a single framework, hyperconvergence will dramatically reduce data center complexity, and enable organizations to improve scalability. Shared computer and storage resources can ease traditional storage infrastructure, simplify provisioning, drive convenient consumption, and lower administrative costs. This will provide organizations with the much-needed agility to meet evolving business demands without losing control of on-premise hardware.
- The capabilities of NVMe: Non-volatile memory express or NVMe is all set to make a mark on the enterprise storage landscape. NVMe, a communication protocol, enables faster performance and greater density compared to legacy protocols. 60-70% of Fortune 2000 companies are expected to have at least one mission-critical workload that leverages real-time big data analytics by 2020. This suggests that NVMe will be the ideal storage choice for enterprises with latency-sensitive workloads that require top performance. Use-cases could be real-time data analytics, high-performance database environments, and online trading platforms, among others. According to IDC, by 2021, NVMe will replace SCSI as the protocol of choice in enterprise-class storage arrays, and more than 25% of spending on all-flash arrays will derive from end-to-end NVMe-based systems.
Drive business forward
As the world moves towards digitalization, compliance to GDPR becomes mandatory, and as being available and connected 24×7 is no longer a competitive differentiator but a pre-requisite, the data storage landscape will undergo a major transformation. If you want to keep up with the demands of your users, it is time to build an enterprise storage strategy with a data-first approach and incorporate high-speed, cloud-based compute, storage and networking resources to deliver results with high agility. By enabling lightning-fast, continuous, and easy access to data – while continuously improving speed and performance – you can improve outcomes for your enterprise customers and stay ahead in the transformed Data Storage market too.