Data Storage: Huge Digital Media Demand, PCIe Adoption Lead Storage Trends in Mid-2011

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-08-04 Print this article Print
PCIe Going Mainstream

PCIe Going Mainstream

Solid-state storage analyst Jim Handy of Objective Analysis told eWEEK his firm is forecasting that the PCIe interface will become dominant in the enterprise SSD market in 2012, with unit shipments greater than the combined shipments of its SAS and Fibre Channel counterparts. PCIe (peripheral component interconnect express) is a computer expansion-card standard based on point-to-point serial links rather than shared parallel bus architecture. It is designed to replace the older PCI, PCI-X and AGP standards.
As we do periodically here at eWEEK, we offer a look at important new and continuing trends in data storage. These are based upon daily conversations with storage vendors, analysts, data center managers, CIOs and CTOs. The No. 1 continuing trend is that there is an insatiable demand for more digital storage in all markets and that's not going to change anytime soon. On the new product front, we're seeing key development in PCIe cards, image cloning, storage pooling, disaster recovery, thin-provisioning, capacity management and a slew of other areas coming into the market from established companies and startups alike. Storage media, including spinning disk hard drives, solid-state NAND flash, digital tape and optical disks, continue to become more capacious—and run cooler—as engineers and manufacturers continue to make improvements. Markedly better networking and processing speeds are also instrumental in these product upgrades. What follows in this slide show is an expanded version of an eWEEK story that posted Aug. 2.
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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