6 Storage Trends for 2014

Here are 6 noticeable storage trends for 2014, we are sure there would be some more you think could be important as well. Do share with us your list of trends and we will share them further with our other friends on this blog here:
So here go the 6 storage trends for 2014
1.       More private clouds
While there is already a flurry of activity from public cloud offerings by Google, Amazon  and Microsoft, private clouds are already growing at a very fast pace. Private clouds will be the next phase of adoption of virtualization by enterprises. Private clouds have clear benefits over public clouds in the sense that they are more secure and managed, yet it does not imply that Public clouds are not growing; overall the Cloud concept itself is hugely buoyant.
2.       Application centric storage and Storage Defined Networking will work hand in hand to increase efficiency and reduce complexity. Ability to work with multiple protocols will enable enterprises to explore alternate options from the expensive options provided by the MNCs. The software can impart pooling and automation capabilities allowing enterprises to save on costs because now they can achieve the same results by just software updates instead of operating in a structure that necessitates hardware refresh intermittently.
3.       40GBE:   Higher bandwidths allow larger data sets to move quickly and easily. This will further fuel the demand of data storage. One place where 40 GbE will find a home is in data centers with very high-density virtualized servers. Think telecom service providers or cloud-based hosting vendors that are installing blade servers.
4.       Big Data becoming Bigger As enterprises derive value from analytics on existing data, they also face the challenge of managing mountain of data that comes from connected devices, machines, consumers, retail and various processes. The enterprise now also understands the value of analytics and will need to manage, store archive and mine the big data. This will give rise to new analytics applications and new ways of storing and managing big data. Specially in the case of Healthcare where already there is a huge generation of structured and unstructured data, now it’s coupled with machine data coming from ECG machines, and the likes. This huge data not only has to be stored and processed but one needs to make meaning of it in real-time and that makes it very exciting
5.       Storage Efficiency Technologies:  It is estimated that about 50% of enterprises that have invested in storage solutions will have an opportunity to increase the efficiency and get more from the storage solutions they have already invested in by implementing technologies like deduplication and thin provisioning. The CIOs would also need to invest time and thought into integrating storage with the overall business objectives and visualizing storage infrastructure as a core part of IT.
6.       Mobile Storage: With huge smartphone adoption in India, roughly 67m, the consumption of data and memory is going northwards dramatically. This implies a huge need for portable storage in the form of USB  flash drives and high capacity SD Cards.


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