Regional business urged to innovate in storage to address data explosion

Third platform will force novel approaches, such as hybrid cloud, says Condo Protego

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Regional business urged to innovate in storage to address data explosion Calthorpe: Storage-buying decisions are taking on increasing importance.
By  Stephen McBride Published  December 22, 2014

According to Condo Protego, to handle this increase in demand, organisations in the Middle East are increasingly adopting a software-defined data centre approach to their storage needs, virtualising infrastructure elements such as networking, storage, processing, and security, and delivering them as a service. This allows different devices to be adapted into a single infrastructure and boosts return on assets.   

"IT organisations will need to learn to cope with ever-greater data volumes just to keep up with demand," said Calthorpe. "Storage architectures need to become more dynamic, able to scale up - or down - rapidly, in response to business needs. We are seeing a shift away from traditional data centre models and toward the software-defined data centre approach, which allows you to make much better use of your available resources."

Another major storage trend that Condo Protego highlighted in the region is increasing adoption of flash technology. Globally, sales of all-flash systems are growing by 58.5% a year and will reach $1.6bn by 2016, according to market researcher International Data Corporation.

The speed and flexibility that flash storage technologies deliver is making them an attractive solution for IT managers, who need to be able to respond quickly to business needs, said Calthorpe.

"Speed of response to mission-critical applications is essential and the performance gains that flash delivers over hard-disk drives make a compelling case for adoption," the CEO said. "As flash prices continue to drop, we're seeing increased usage of the technology here in the region."

While organisations will need to look to innovation to drive their storage strategies for 2015 and beyond, one area that is often overlooked is the need for employees with the right skillsets to run and deliver these strategies, Calthorpe warned.

According to IDC, while the average IT professional had to take responsibility for 230GB of data in 2014, by 2020 the average IT professional will be looking after 1,231GB of data - so an increased investment in skills is going to be essential.

"Regardless of the technology you adopt and the strategic approach that you take, it's the ability to execute and deliver that is essential," said Calthorpe. "All too often, the people side of the equation is overlooked by organisations - which can lead to IT plans failing. We would urge organisations to look beyond the technology and make sure they have the right people in place to deliver on their strategies."

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