Enterprise world is evolving and is constantly under pressure to provide the highest performance and the most cost effective IT services. As a result, information is playing an important role and has become a valuable asset for any organization. This is mainly due to the fact that organizations are quickly learning to store, secure, access and analyze data, while also managing it in a secure and cost-effective way. Therefore, all the lined-up factors are making a difference between a business success and failure.
In the present business environment, organizations will continue to demand fool proof IT infrastructures so that it will allow them to rapidly and efficiently deliver quality services and manage the data effectively. Organizations are also picking up a trend of increasingly adopting flash and hybrid arrays, and more private, public and hybrid cloud storage options, more than ever before.
Since, enterprise storage is seeing plenty of innovation enabling greater speed and flexibility, let’s discuss some of the popular ones which have a great future ahead-
Cloud Storage – Cloud storage business is all set to experience a golden era in the coming year 2015. It is estimated that the business is expected to touch $7 billion in the upcoming year and will reach $100 billion by 2020. As the cloud providers are promising to reduce infrastructure and management costs while improving accessibility of the user data, the future of this business vertical looks promising.
Hybrid Storage – Hybrid Storage is a term used to describe storage systems that are designed with a blend of flash-SSD and hard disk drives. These blended media solutions help in providing high performance storage resources at affordable price, as they help to address the dollar/IOPS; Dollar/GB value that IT professionals are grappling with. Additionally, these storage systems will also answer on how to best leverage flash by using flash as large caching area by automatically moving the most active data into memory-based storage.
Flash Storage – Flash storage uses electricity, but has no mechanical parts. It typically consumes less power and reads more than one hundred times faster than traditional mechanical hard drives. Thus, businesses intensive applications have found flash storage to be more efficient and cost effective. Most flash storage systems are composed of a memory unit and an access controller. The memory unit is used to store data. As interest in flash storage is growing enormously day by day, vendors are coming up with more innovations, in order to cater to the demand. They are not only improving the read/write capabilities of flash, but are also serving the product at a very less cost.
Unified Storage and Server (USS) – From the past couple of years, the concept of Unified SAN Storage is on high demand. Enterprise users can get the services of a server and storage in one easy to manage appliance. So, the demand for the USS concept is said to be in a raise in the coming year, as it offers greater flexibility, availability and performance than a direct-attached storage.
NAS and iSCSI SAN combination – With the demand for file level storage and block level storage going in parallel, data storage vendors are coming up with appliances which can be either used as a NAS or iSCSI appliance or even both. That means, organizations can use a single appliance to serve as a file server and a block level server and storage or a combination of both. Therefore, in coming years, the demand for such servers is said to explode.
Hyper-converged Infrastructure storage – As time is going forward; enterprises are in a look out for solutions which can support virtualization and automation. This is where the demand for a software-centric architecture is rising, where integration of compute, storage, networking and virtualization resources and other technologies from scratch can be obtained in a commodity hardware box supported by a single vendor. Getting into the basics, Hyper Convergence grew out of the concept of converged infrastructure. Under the converged infrastructure approach, a vendor provides a pre-configured bundle of hardware and software in a single chassis with the goal of minimizing compatibility issues and to simplify management. A hyper-converged system differs from a converged system in its tighter integration of the software components, which may expand beyond compute, storage, networking and virtualization to also include other technologies.