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Top Ten IT Trends of 2013—Wrap-up

by Hu Yoshida on Jan 18, 2013

Over the past few weeks I have been posting some trends that I expect to see in 2013.  I am interested in any IT industry trends that you might expect to see. While some might point to big data as a trend, I view it more as an environment that will drive more specific trends. Below is a summary of my top ten trends with links to previous posts.

Trend 1

The cost of storage hardware (CAPEX) is trending upwards, becoming a greater share of TCO(Total Cost of Ownership).
Trend 2

The acquisition of storage will begin to change from a CAPEX model, where we buy capacity upfront for the next 4 to 5 years and depreciate it over that period, to an OPEX, pay as you go, on-demand, acquisition model.

Trend 3

More attention will be focused on the uncontrolled growth of replicas, and the need for life cycle management tools like active archives to reduce or eliminate the impact of replicas on TCO.
Trend 4

New flash controllers with advanced processor capabilities will improve the durability, performance, capacity and cost of MLC flash so that it will be competitive with high-performance hard disk drives and replace current enterprise solid-state drives.
Trend 5

A new class of entry-enterprise storage systems with global cache supporting multiple processor cores will bring relief to midrange, scale up, virtual server environments where traditional dual controllers have run out of gas.
Trend 6

Standard file systems with rigid Inode structures will give way to object-based file systems in order to meet the high capacity requirements of unstructured data.

Trend 7

The use of content platforms for data archives and data sharing will accelerate as users try to reduce the cost of replication and the sharing of information from different applications.


Trend 8

Storage controllers will be enhanced with advanced processors and hardware assist ASICs to address increasingly complex workloads and higher throughputs.


Trend 9

The adoption of mobile devices will increase productivity and innovation but will require a secure, content anywhere platform for data sharing.


Trend 10

Certified, pre-configured and pre-tested converged solutions will gain traction, but will require a unified management and orchestration interface.

Please let me know your opinion, I would like to hear whether you agree or disagree with these trends.

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Josh Krischer on 01 Feb 2013 at 6:45 am

Two more emerging trends:
Currently most of the storage Control Units are based on the same technology as the servers; multi core Intel chips. In fact the multi core is used much more effectively is storage CU than in servers. Multicore technology and server virtualization bring some other developments to watch such as the Virtual SAN Appliances (VSAs)* or VNAS** and embedded application on storage control units. The first emulates the server as storage CU, the second using storage CU for applications in Virtual partition or native. Examples :
Remote replication (RecoverPoint on VMAX 40K, 20K), Drive Encryption – EMC, HDS, IBM high-end subsystems, Real-time Compression to IBM Storwize V7000, SVC
Future usage of integrated applications:
Server-less, LAN less backup
E-discovery, searches
*LeftHand Networks pioneered, evolved as HPs StoreVirtual (VSA), NetApp, OnApp, Nexenta, StorMagic, Mellanox Storage Accelerator VSA product accessed over Ethernet or InfiniBand supports DAS & SAN
** Houston, Texas-based SoftNAS start-up

Hu Yoshida on 01 Feb 2013 at 4:11 pm

Great point Josh. Multicore processors open up a lot of opportunities for storage services. They can also be augmented by hardware in the form of FPGAs and ASICs to offload some of the workload like data movement, encryption, and even file systems like the Silicon FS in our HNAS product.

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