Storage, Cloud, Security Futures: Thought Leaders Offer Bold Predictions

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2013-02-14 Print this article Print
Storage: Enterprise Systems Become More, Not Less, Confusing

Storage: Enterprise Systems Become More, Not Less, Confusing

This is the year that people start building storage hardware from off-the-shelf, high-performance flash storage devices. This is the problem that NetApp and EMC tackled with spinning disks in the '90s.  But flash devices are so fast that the software architectures invented back then don't work anymore.  Flash has turned all the other components in your storage system—CPU, memory and network—into performance bottlenecks. Storage companies need to think about system architecture if they want to expose the available performance from high-performance flash. —Andrew Warfield, CTO of


All IT sectors have changed so much in the last few years that it is difficult to fathom how the pace of all this can continue. But count on it: This will continue. Data storage, which used to be a relatively simple-to-run component inside IT environments when it was directly attached to servers, has morphed completely in this era of virtualized everything. It started when VMware came into the picture at the turn of the century and then was bought by EMC in 2003. When Amazon started the public cloud ball rolling three years later, IT was changed forever. Now data sets are broken into chunks and scattered around the globe for many uses—mainly for security reasons—and more and more data is piling up in stores that weren't designed for all that capacity. Security has become harder to maintain as freelance and government-sponsored hackers alike keep pushing the envelope of malware design and network-infiltration techniques. Faced with these rapid developments, how can anybody pretend to see the future?  Some brave prognosticators discussed their views for the next 12 to 18 months with eWEEK.  Here's what they had to say.


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