Data Storage: Enterprise Storage Is Finally Evolving: 11 Reasons Why

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-03-22 Print this article Print
Storage Follows Computing

Storage Follows Computing

Storage trends tend to follow computing. As computing becomes increasingly virtualized, storage must become much simpler to use and with features that work much better with virtualization.
Prior to network computing, enterprise IT systems—which consisted of mainframes—were centralized, which required direct-attached storage (DAS). The emergence of network computing in the 1980s drove creation of a new type of storage: storage area networks (SANs) and network-attached storage (NAS). As more applications become virtualized and cloud applications and online storage deployments continue to increase, history seems to be repeating itself, with storage again following the lead of computing. But as a result of the ease of creation of virtual machines (VMs), the feared phenomenon dubbed "VM crawl and stall" has become a stumbling block in numerous systems. "As an increasing number of applications and databases are virtualized or deployed on the cloud, the traditional disk-based approach to storage creates serious performance bottlenecks," said Ed Lee, lead architect at virtual-machine storage software maker Tintri and a member of the original RAID team at the University of California at Berkeley. "There is a demand for a new way to structure and address storage needs that specifically relates to these technologies on a VM-aware level." Virtualization and flash technologies provide a major catalyst for a new era in storage. With help from Lee, eWEEK looks at what is happening within the storage market today and why.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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