Data Storage: 10 Storage Predictions for 2011 and Beyond
Spectra Logics 10 Storage Predictions for 2011 and Beyond
by Chris Preimesberger
Trend 1: SAS Disks vs. SATA
SAS disks will replace SATA for archive/backup storage by the end of fiscal year 2011.
Trend 2: Cloud Storage Limited to 10%
At its peak level of deployment over the next year, "cloud storage" will contain no more than 10 percent of the total U.S. stored data volume.
Trend 3: Tape Reigns Supreme
Tape will be the preferred medium for 80 percent of all data in electronic archives.
Trend 4: Hardware-Based Verification the Gold Standard
Hardware-based data verification will be considered a requirement in all archive storage platforms.
Trend 5: SSD Prices Will Keep Falling
SSDs will arrive in commoditized arrays, dropping cost per GB, moving into a position as being the preferred medium for performance disk.
Trend 6: Deduplication Appliances Losing Favor
Dedicated deduplication appliances will fall out of favor. Deduplication will preferably occur in file systems and backup software applications.
Trend 7: Active Archives Stored on Tape
Data centers will implement active archives to tape as a means of offloading primary disk storage.
Trend 8: x86-Based Storage Squeeze High-End Products
Lower-cost disk storage solutions based on??Ãx86 architectures will put extreme stress on traditional high-end storage providers by 2013.
Trend 9: LTO Architecture Gaining Favor
Enterprise tape drives will continue to give way to LTO (Linear Tape-Open) architectures.
Trend 10: Backups Move to Online Archives
Traditional backup practices will begin to shift. Data centers will begin to move to online, file-based archives for their long-term data retention instead of utilizing offline backups in proprietary formats.