Key Data Storage Trends That Every CIO Should Know

Key Data Storage Trends That Every CIO Should Know


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 ForwardFlash Forward

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

Compelling CapacityCompelling Capacity

What’s called shingled magnetic recording (SMR) technology will allow for 5 TB storage hard drives this year, and 20 TBs by 2020.

Cost ContainmentCost Containment

While data’s expanding volume creates budget issues, the price of storage is rapidly declining to 5 cents per GB.

Cloudy ForecastCloudy 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.

Out With the OldOut With the Old

Given the surging interest in cloud and virtualization options, traditional IT environments will account for less than 30% of deployed storage.

Small Is GoodSmall 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.

Always AvailableAlways Available

Given the ever-elevating importance of data analytics, storage teams will push for better security, backup and disaster-recovery strategies.

Keeping It SimpleKeeping 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.

Lighter Than AirLighter Than Air

Helium-filled hard drives will boost storage-systems speed while using less power to operate.

Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty is a contributor to CIO Insight. He covers topics such as IT leadership, IT strategy, collaboration, and IT for businesses.

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