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Top Ten IT Trends for 2013—Trends 7 and 8

by Hu Yoshida on Jan 4, 2013

Trend 7:  Accelerating Use of Content Platforms for Data Archive and Data Sharing

Virtualization enables multiple application servers to run on the same physical server and share storage resources. The application data, however, remains locked in separate silos. To provide a consolidated view of data across different applications, we need to virtualize or de-reference the data from the applications through the use of a content platform. A content platform can ingest data from different applications using standard protocols like HTTP or NFS, along with metadata that describes the content of the data. The metadata enables us to search and access the data independent of the application that created it.  In 2013 we will see increased adoption of content platforms like Hitachi Content Platform (HCP). These content platforms can store application data in a single repository with content-aware metadata so that the intersections of data from different applications can be viewed, shared and analyzed together; thus enabling businesses to streamline their decision-making. Content platforms can also be used as an active archive for static data.

Trend 8: Hardware-assist Controllers Required to Satisfy Increasingly Complex Workloads

One of the major trends from last year is the increasing cooperation between applications and storage systems. As application workloads increase, more of that workload is being offloaded to the storage controllers, as in the case of VMware VAAI. Moreover, storage functions such as dynamic tiering, distance replication and thin provisioning, coupled with the need to accelerate FC and Ethernet bandwidths on the front-end, and increase SAS and SSD bandwidth on the back-end, are creating bottlenecks in storage software controller architectures. To reduce or eliminate these bottlenecks and support increasingly complex workloads, storage controllers will require hardware-assist ASICs or FPGAs in conjunction with pools of multi-core processors.

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