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Top Ten IT Trends for 2013—Trends 5 and 6

by Hu Yoshida on Dec 19, 2012

Trend 5: New Requirements for Entry-level Enterprise Storage Systems

Up till now, the price gap between midrange and enterprise storage architectures has been very wide forcing midrange customers to opt for midrange systems at the sacrifice of enterprise scalability and functionality. Recently, the adoption of server virtualization in the midrange market has dramatically changed the requirements for midrange storage systems. Virtual servers are scaling up with multiple virtual machines and virtual desktops, requiring enterprise storage systems that can scale with each additional system image. Midrange storage systems, on the other hand, are not designed to scale up due to their dual controller, active/passive cache architecture. Midrange customers that adopt virtual servers will need to match those servers with enterprise storage systems architected with multicore processors that can load balance across a global cache and offload data movement functions to hardware ASICs. An entry-level enterprise storage system must have all of the capability of an enterprise storage system but on a smaller scale, at a lower cost, and in the 19-inch rack form factor for midrange systems. An entry-level enterprise storage system must be able to support hundreds of virtual machines, thousands of virtual desktops and have the ability to virtualize across tiers of external storage systems. In 2013, I project that we will see greater demand for these capabilities in midrange storage solutions.

Trend 6: The Need for Object-Based File Systems

The growth of big data is mainly driven by unstructured data, which requires larger, more scalable file systems. Traditional file systems with rigid hierarchical directory structures are not able to scale to the millions of objects and petabytes of storage that will be required in 2013. The object-based file systems will become essential for solving these problems. This is because an object-based file system provides a layer of abstraction between how the user accesses data and how that data is stored, giving the file system more capacity, flexibility and efficiency in managing, storing, accessing and moving data.

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