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