Data growth driving storage solutions

Growing volumes of corporate data and the demands of analytics is driving development of new solutions for enterprise storage.

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Data growth driving storage solutions Storage systems are under pressure from the increasing volumes of corporate data generated by an always-on workforce.
By  Keri Allan Published  June 16, 2013

Enterprise storage has needed to evolve over the years in order to cater to the rising volumes of data companies create. Storage solutions are considered an enabler to business growth as the data stored can be analysed to produce insights into key business decisions. And the latest storage trends, including data de-duplication, automatic tiering of storage, big data analytics and cloud storage are all focused on the efficient management and effective utilisation of data.

“Enterprises are changing their view of how they can analyse, leverage and ‘monetise’ data,” agrees Arun Chandrasekaran, research director Data Center Infrastructure and Operations, Gartner. “The imminent explosion in big data is giving rise to innovations in storage technologies and management. For example, scale-out storage is allowing companies to add storage at a lower cost for incremental capacity.

“New technologies — most notably enterprise deployment of solid-state drives (SSDs) — are enabling faster access to this data,” he continues. “Additionally infrastructure virtualisation such as virtualised servers, desktops, storage and newer delivery models such as cloud are impacting the traditional procurement and total cost of ownership (TCO) models in storage.”

The emerging trends in storage models currently are converged solutions, cloud and flash.

“Converged solutions, which include server, storage, and network components in a pre-configured bundle, have gained a measure of acceptance due to their ease of acquisition and setup,” says Aaron White, general manager, Middle East and Turkey, Hitachi Data Systems. “However, most of the bundled solutions currently offered in the market require separate tools for managing server, storage and network components because they normally consist of products from different vendors. In 2013, we will see the growing acceptance of unified compute platforms where the management and orchestration of server, storage, and network resources will be done through a single pane of glass to achieve an integrated turnkey solution.”

When it comes to cloud storage, many organisations have adopted this as a way to mitigate the capacity and cost issues associated with the growth of unstructured data and content and IBM has already started to see certain sectors embrace cloud storage solutions.

“We are seeing some interest in public storage clouds in the telecommunications sector. Private storage cloud has some momentum in the education sector,” notes Sherif Fadel, Systems and Technology group manager, IBM Gulf & Levant.

Sean Horne, Director Mid-Tier Storage at EMC Corporation adds that there are two kinds of public cloud storage scenarios at present, including managed services with traditional SAN and NAS running databases such as SQL and Oracle; and Internet-based offerings with applications running in browsers using web-based storage such as Amazon or Google.

“Taking the case of the latter, the very fact that Amazon announced its storage earnings to amount to a massive $3 billion earlier this year is a clear indication of the popularity of this cloud model. These figures didn’t exist five years ago, so we are witnessing a growth in adoption of about 50-60% every quarter, which is quite substantial,” Horne said.

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