What to expect from next generation storage?
Storage technology is currently changing in three ways. NVRAM, NVMe, and all-flash arrays optimize bandwidth and latency. On the one hand, hyper-converged infrastructure and software defined storage reduce complexity for IT departments. On the other hand, however, the task of connecting the different storage pieces in different converged systems in a way that does not negatively impact performance is anything but easy. Costs for storage are also optimized with cloud storage, cloud backup, and object storage. In addition, a completely new computing paradigm is on the horizon. Storage centric computing, a subject being discussed by IBM and HPE, will change the computing and storage market completely in the next 5 to 10 years. If one includes quantum computing research, one can expect a completely new computing (and storage) paradigm in the next 10 to 15 years as well.
Service providers and user organizations have to adapt their storage strategies mid-term and long-term in order to benefit from changing technologies. The biggest challenges to adapting these strategies have to do with making changes in the storage silos – which still exist in most larger user organizations – and the interdependency of cloud strategies, computing silos, and networking. Another major challenge is the need to have the data very close to the computing facility if speed is of importance.
Service providers for housing services, infrastructure services, hosting services, and cloud services have to adapt to changing technology and business conditions pretty quickly. Integration service providers, in particular, will see growing demand for transformation projects while other service providers face increasing demand for hybrid cloud solutions in order to address the possible economic benefits.
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