What will storage be like in the next 12 months?

Mark Bregman, CTO, in collaboration with Val Bercovici, SolidFire CTO, and Manfred Buchmann, NetApp vice president of systems engineering for EMEA, highlight the new things the New Year will bring to the storage industry.

Data is the new currency.

  • Access to data is essential for success.
  • Data transform every facet of the business.
  • New types of data improve market insight.

The explosive growth in the volume of data that we have witnessed resulting from the current digital economy has resulted in a sea change. We have gone from using data to conduct business operations to recognize that data is the core element of the business. Doing so essential to success; data has become the new currency of the digital age and can transform every aspect of the company: from business models to the technologies used and the user expectations.

This phenomenon has become clear with the appearance of companies such as Uber and Airbnb, which focus their business on the control of resource networks. To make things even more interesting, we continue to see the emergence of new types of data that, until recently, companies did not even contemplate collecting. Thus, whereas previously we only stored and shared vital data about transactions, we now keep large amounts of secondary data around these transactions to analyze it in depth. We analyze data such as user clicks’ flow when browsing and even parameters such as weather and other external factors that can result in more detailed information about the market.

The new models take hold.

  • A new universe of services.
  • Platforms and ecosystems are integrated and simplify service delivery.
  • Talent flows more easily.

The importance of data requires creating a universe of services capable of working together to solve critical problems of all kinds. This requires compatible platforms and an ecosystem of providers and developers to make them possible. In this context, the platform-centric model has proven to have intrinsic value in integrating and simplifying service provision.

An excellent example of this is Amazon Web Services, which is continually evolving into an ever-expanding range of services. Platforms result in a positive feedback loop, in the same way that a flea market does: people go to buy because all the sellers go, and sellers go to the market to sell because that is where all the buyers are.

Additionally, when access to key skills for these technologies is increasingly complex, the use of extensive platforms will allow for a smoother flow of talent. Specialized professionals tend to be drawn to projects they find interesting, and the ubiquity of shared platforms and tools makes it easier to attract their interest.

The cloud as a catalyst and accelerator agent

  • Easy access to cloud infrastructures.
  • Usage-based consumption models.
  • Reduce access barriers and encourage innovation.

More and more organizations have chosen to implement cloud technologies to meet their data needs. The immediate availability of cloud-based services enables organizations to access the infrastructure quickly they may need for their innovation initiatives, as these services have dramatically reduced barriers to access.

Storage goes through platforms as a service, PaaS.

Currently, it is enough to have a credit card and an AWS account to start a project in one day and keep it on a pay-as-you-go scheme. One such example is CloudSync, which six engineers created in six months and no capital expenditure on infrastructure.

New usage-based consumption models, based on platforms as a service (PaaS) and combined with new offerings in scalability, compliance with regulations, and data protection, are making cloud infrastructures essential for companies of all sizes.

New technologies become common

  • New paradigms for applications.
  • Technologies accelerated by the value of data and the pace of innovation.
  • They reduce friction in the face of changes in the business and the flow of talent.

These business drivers will lead to the dominance of new technologies, especially in the form of new paradigms for applications. We have already seen trends of this kind emerge with the DevOps movement in vogue today, which focuses on compositional programming around microservices, hybrid applications, open-source solutions, and containers.

These solutions are currently considered a niche phenomenon. However, as data’s value becomes more important for companies and the pace of innovation becomes a crucial weapon to remain competitive, we will see how they become the most widespread model. When this happens, we will see how these technologies help reduce friction in business integration and talent movement. Watching back, there are certain historical parallels, such as the emergence of Ethernet as the standard for networking and Linux as the operating system.

Dynamic and growing evolution of data storage and management technologies

  • The HCI must offer simplicity, flexibility, and scalability.
  • Higher bandwidth networks and new storage technologies.
  • Simple and accessible data management services.

As technology architectures continue to evolve to accommodate new cloud applications and infrastructures, we will also see the emergence of a more extensive and more dynamic spectrum of storage technologies. We have already seen how flash storage has quickly gained popularity, offering incredible efficiency and performance.

Similarly, HCI, or hyper-converged infrastructures, is one of the new architectures that address the significant demand for simpler infrastructures and reduces the need to allocate administrative resources to managing an organization’s storage.

Although the first generation of HCI solutions has had some success, they have failed to meet companies’ needs for flexibility or scalability. Building infrastructures at Web services scales will require the flexibility to tailor the compute-to-storage relationship on demand, with the ability to expand compute and storage resources independently and the ability to vary the capacity. Scale quickly and inexpensively.

We hope that the new generation of HCI solutions will take advantage of what has been learned during the emergence of convergent infrastructures, thus offering services that have scales suitable for Web services and are capable of meeting these needs. Also, we will see a transition to networks with higher bandwidth, which allows managing large volumes of data movements. We will see the progressive adoption of storage technologies such as archival-specific solutions and large-scale persistent memory on the horizon. The rapid development of accessible and straightforward data management solutions will make it possible to implement these emerging technologies.

Updated: March 24, 2021 — 10:27 am

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