Data Storage in 2013: 10 Trends Shaping New-Generation Technology

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-12-29 Print this article Print
Buyer Choice, Open Standards Drive Down Costs

Buyer Choice, Open Standards Drive Down Costs

Buyer choice and open standards keep driving down costs. Selecting IT solutions and technology partners that accommodate open standards and choice in IT decisions is imperative to develop a flexible infrastructure that can meet unique workload demands and budgetary guidelines. Once you buy into a proprietary system that mandates specialized hardware and software, you are locked in, limiting options greatly.


The state of enterprise data has undergone a major transformation in the past 20 years. The way it's now accessed, processed, managed and stored is being transformed by the new-generation storage system. Not only has data become more complex, it is now the foundation for reliable business transactions. With the increasing number of data-driven workloads and unique data management requirements, IT has reached a critical point where nondisruptive operations are no longer simply "nice to have" but are now an imperative for business success. The increase in the number of business-critical applications—both on-premises and in the cloud—depends on a reliable always-on infrastructure that is capable of handling foreseeable growth requirements. Organizations must determine if their data storage systems are capable of meeting the latest performance and scalability requirements. With information provided by NetApp, this eWEEK slide show will highlight 10 essential attributes that must be a part of an enterprise IT infrastructure capable of supporting a storage system that can run 24/7, readily scale up to meet changing needs and ensure business efficiency to drive bottom-line success.


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