@StarrFiles: 2016 Storage Predictions

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By: Matt Starr

2015 was a big year for Spectra Logic. We announced multiple new products, including Verde DPE and ArcticBlue, to support several upcoming changes in the data storage industry. Here are a few of my top storage predictions for 2016…

  • New Challenges with Disk Storage Emerge
    1. Data is continuously growing, inspiring the need for high capacity storage solutions. Disk storage solution capacities are not growing quickly enough to keep up with the expansion of data. This will be an interesting time for the major data holders.
    2. Main pain point for storage professionals in 2016: Learning to deal with SMR drives if they plan to stay with rotating disk technology
  • Vertical shift: The Video Surveillance and Bioinformatics markets will take off
    1. Video Surveillance – Probably the most volatile market – will soon be a very large archive market.
    2. Bioinformatics- Every genomics site requires or WILL require an affordable, long-term archive.
    3. HPC – Will continue to grow – Moving from 10’s of PBs to 100’s of PB’s, into the exascale world
    4. M&E – Similar to HPC, but somewhat slower growth. Nowadays, a much higher volume of broadcasting streams (cable, Hulu, etc.) are available to viewers than there were in the past. Advertising dollars, however, have remained roughly the same. That said, the M&E industry is now learning how to “run a leaner shop.”
  • Object storage becomes a standard, NOT just an option
    1. Organizations will shift from “if” they will move to object storage, to “when” they will move to object storage.
    2. File systems will still have a place in the datacenter, but the bulk of data will move to object storage due to its control, expansion and searchabiliy features.
    3. Object storage becomes like “valet parking for data”. Customer’s don’t care where the data is physically parked they just want it safe and ready to be retrieved easily and quickly when needed it.
  • Emerging Technologies to Watch
    1. Flash/converged technologies continue to be popular
    2. Hybrid cloud becomes increasingly popular
    3. Erasure Coding becomes more mainstream and shifts from a feature role to more of a requirement
    4. New MVRAM technologies that surpass current products will hit the market
    5. Wider adoption of cloud/restful protocols for moving massive sets of data

Within the past month, I’ve come across several prediction pieces from industry professionals, sharing great insights into what 2016 will bring for data storage. Check out a few of them here:

What do you see in the marketplace? What is your vision for Data Center trends in 2016? Contact me on Twitter @StarrFiles using #StoragePredictions2016.