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Looking Back on the Future: Top 10 Storage Trends for 2012

by Hu Yoshida on Dec 29, 2011

As we close out 2011, the storage industry has seen significant growth based on budgets, which were established in the beginning of the year. However, over the course of 2011, we saw natural disasters, political upheaval, and heightened economic turmoil. Companies are now looking ahead to 2012 with a great deal of uncertainty around their budgets. However, there is absolute certainty that the growth of data will continue to explode.

In order to meet these challenges, IT will focus on technologies that will enable them to grow through better use of their existing assets. During the last few months I have been blogging about ten storage trends that will develop out of this focus.

As my last post of 2011, I am summarizing them here with links to the extended posts.

  1. Storage Efficiency: Global economic uncertainty and supply shortages in the first half of 2012 will require IT professionals to achieve better returns from their existing assets rather than buying new ones. There will be a greater focus on storage efficiency technologies such as dynamic or thin provisioning, dynamic tiering, archiving, and the extension of these technologies to existing assets with storage virtualization. http://blogs.hds.com/hu/2011/11/2012-a-focus-on-increasing-storage-utilization.html
  2. Consolidation to Convergence: Consolidation will give way to convergence. Over the past few years IT has focused on consolidation, with much of the low-hanging fruit already executed on. In order to gain further cost savings, the focus will be on convergence of server, storage, networks, and applications. Application programming interfaces (APIs), which offload workload to storage, can make servers and memory more efficient. Orchestration software will help to converge the management, and automate the provisioning and reporting across local, remote, and cloud based server, storage, and network infrastructures. http://blogs.hds.com/hu/2011/11/2012-trend-consolidation-to-convergence.html
  3. Transparency: Applications and infrastructure will be more transparent with each other in order to facilitate convergence through open interfaces like APIs, client/providers, and plugins. HDS provides Hitachi Command Director software, which gives applications a view into the service level, utilization, and health of the storage infrastructure behind the virtual storage that they are using.  http://blogs.hds.com/hu/2011/11/2012-trend-greater-transparency-for-end-to-end-management.html
  4. Storage Computers: Storage systems will need to become storage computers as more functions are being driven down to the storage level.  Old storage architectures with general purpose controllers which service all these new functions along with the normal I/O workload will not be able to scale. New storage architectures with separate pools of processors will be required to handle these additional functions. http://blogs.hds.com/hu/2011/11/2012-trend-rise-of-the-storage-computer.html
  5. Energy Efficiency: Power, cooling and carbon footprints will become even more critical as energy demand increases and countries begin to impose carbon taxes. IT will be asked to shoulder their share of the energy burden and will need to consider the energy savings of small form factor drives and front-to-back cooling. http://blogs.hds.com/hu/2011/12/2012-trend-energy-efficiency.html
  6. Closing the Consumption Gap: The consumption gap between technology and IT operations will be an area of focus as businesses drive IT to implement technologies at a faster pace in order to realize the benefits that are already available with current technology. There will be a greater need for services to offload over-committed IT staff and accelerate the adoption of new technologies. http://blogs.hds.com/hu/2011/11/the-technology-consumption-gap.html
  7. Storage Scaling: Sever and desktop virtualization will increase the need for enterprises to scale up storage systems non-disruptively as virtual machine demands increase. With more virtual eggs in one basket, modular storage systems will need to be replaced by high availability enterprise storage to service the tier one demands of virtual servers. Scale-out storage architectures will not be able to meet the scale-up demands of server and desktop virtualization.  http://blogs.hds.com/hu/2011/12/2012-trend-an-increasing-need-for-scale-up-storage.html
  8. Virtualized Migration: Disruptive device migrations will be replaced by new virtualization capabilities that will eliminate the need to reboot. http://blogs.hds.com/hu/2011/12/2012-trend-virtualized-migration-of-storage.html
  9. Cloud Acquisition: Cloud acquisition, based on self-service, pay per use, and on demand will begin to replace the current three-to-five year acquisition cycle of products, as convergence begins to create blended pools of resources. http://blogs.hds.com/hu/2011/12/2012-trend-cloud-acquisition.html#more-5098
  10. Big Data: The hype for 2012 will continue to be around Big Data. The explosion of unstructured data and mobile applications will generate a huge opportunity for the creation of business value, competitive advantage, and decision support if this data can be managed and accessed efficiently. The massive size of Big Data will make it difficult to use traditional, relational databases, or desktop visualization products. Object based content platforms and large-scale file servers will be required to store this data. There will be greater adoption of content platforms in preparation for Big Data analytics. http://blogs.hds.com/hu/2011/12/2012-trend-big-data.html

These are just a few of my personal thoughts regarding 2012. Please let me know what you think will be the major focus areas in storage next year.


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