What to Expect in 2013: Top 10 Storage Industry Predictions

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Last year was the year of Big Data awareness as companies continued to grapple with, and sought out new technologies to manage the explosive growth of both structured and unstructured data that continues to be both a blessing and a curse.  We are able to benefit so much from this data utilizing it to extract new details for medical research, to better predict weather patterns, and to help organizations understand customer preferences and buying patterns better. 

Yet, it presents new challenges for companies who need to store and manage this data for current and future business needs. As we begin the New Year, Big Data will continue to be a hot topic, but a lot of other exciting things will also be happening in the area of data storage.

Here’s a look at my predictions for 2013:

  1. File-based storage solutions will take the main stage in product development and releases.
  2. Unstructured data growth will continue unabated. New technology solution announcements for integrating analytics and storage of unstructured data will abound.
  3. Big Data will expand beyond the Hadoop-focused market awareness as users define their specific Big Data requirements.
  4. Active archive of data will increasingly be hitting the strategic purchasing intentions of CIOs as they grapple with implementing cost-effective methods to store, retain and retrieve data.
  5. Object storage solutions will expand beyond their early adoption in segments of HPC and video storage and begin broader adoption.
  6. The pairing of Flash for performance and tape for capacity storage will increase dramatically for Big Data storage environments.
  7. Tape automation systems that scale into Petabytes of storage will continue to increase in deployments around the world. Exascale storage will be implemented and will become a reality at the worlds’ largest data centers.
  8. Full availability shipments of LTO-6 tape drives and media will keep tape storage systems the most cost-effective enterprise storage media for data sets in the hundreds of up to BP and EB. 
  9. Software solutions for Cloud, Archive and Big Data will integrate support of new tape technologies, including LTFS and NAS interfaces, as standards from the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) are completed.
  10. Multiple tiers of SSD storage will become somewhat common in high performance data centers.  Very integrated tiered file storage options will become increasingly important as users have more media types they store data upon.

At Spectra Logic, we continue to stay on top of these trends to meet the evolving needs of our customers and partners.  Our award-winning data storage solutions can address these trends and we have some exciting new product additions planned in 2013.  Happy New Year – we think it’s going to be a great one for us, and the entire storage industry!