I will be writing InformationWeek's annual State of Storage report in the next few weeks and in preparation InformationWeek Analytics is conducting its third annual storage survey on data management technologies and strategies. We are surveying IT pros to understand your storage usage and challenges. We're also interested in what our readers think are the major trends, both from a technology and business perspective, in the storage world this year.While the survey provides some great quantitative data, I would also welcome a discussion here on the blog. Some of the technology trends I see accelerating in the coming year include:
I/O improvements: 10GbE/8-gig FC array support; bigger caches, integrated SSDs, etc.
Versatility improvements: multi-protocol support (iSCSI, FC and NAS/network filesystem) on the same box; multiple drive types (e.g. SAS, SATA, even SSD) per array
Expandability/Scalability: ability to manage multiple arrays as a system; create multi-array storage pools
Efficiency Improvements: automatic data migration between tiers, integrated data reduction technology (compression, dedupe, etc.) and data reduction on primary (Tier 1) storage
Virtualization support: thin provisioning; virtual storage allocation/over subscription
Hybrid On-premises/cloud storage architectures; automatic migration of archival data to the cloud
What do you think? What are your biggest data management challenges? Capacity growth? Throughput/performance? Data management? Take the survey and share your comments.
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