Key Data Storage Trends That Every CIO Should Know

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 07-28-2014 Email Print this article Print

These days, CIOs and their organizations are getting consumed by all things data. This change is driven by ongoing innovations in analytics, of course, as these solutions are establishing profound new levels of data visibility, including lending insights to expand market share, improve customer and user engagement, and increase productivity, among other benefits. Given the stakes, CIOs need to stay on top of the latest in data storage trends. After all, you can't take advantage of big data without the right infrastructure and tech tools to effectively store and manage it. With this in mind, we're presenting the following list of top data storage trends for 2014. They convey how resourceful IT teams can address storage challenges through developing technologies which allow for more flexible deployment, greater capacity, reduced costs and increased availability. The trends cited here are adapted from a number of online resources, including those posted by IBM's developerWorks community site and StorageCraft, a backup and disaster recovery software and services company. For more about IBM's trends, click here. For more about StorageCraft's trends, click here.

  • SaaU

    As in "Storage as a Utility." Users will go from work to home to the beach, etc., while possessing all their storage platform and infrastructure needs on a device through high-performance Solid State Disk (SSD) containers.
  • Flash Forward

    The cost of Flash is rapidly declining, and will eventually help position SSD technology to become more affordable than traditional disks.
    Flash Forward
  • Compelling Capacity

    What's called shingled magnetic recording (SMR) technology will allow for 5 TB storage hard drives this year, and 20 TBs by 2020.
    Compelling Capacity
  • Cost Containment

    While data's expanding volume creates budget issues, the price of storage is rapidly declining to 5 cents per GB.
    Cost Containment
  • Cloudy Forecast

    With cloud services reaching the $100 billion mark in 2014, IT teams will need to explore cloud-based models to enhance data storage functionality and efficiencies while reducing costs.
    Cloudy Forecast
  • Out With the Old

    Given the surging interest in cloud and virtualization options, traditional IT environments will account for less than 30% of deployed storage.
    Out With the Old
  • Small Is Good

    As big data continues to proliferate, organizations will turn to thin provisioning, compression and other innovations to reduce data's demand on storage systems.
    Small Is Good
  • Always Available

    Given the ever-elevating importance of data analytics, storage teams will push for better security, backup and disaster-recovery strategies.
    Always Available
  • Keeping It Simple

    With the business side working more closely with IT, both teams will seek convergence to make storage functions easier to understand and use.
    Keeping It Simple
  • Lighter Than Air

    Helium-filled hard drives will boost storage-systems speed while using less power to operate.
    Lighter Than Air
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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