Five Trends That Will Drive Data Storage in 2015

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-11-28

From smartphones and laptops to YouTube and photo-sharing Websites, today's always-on technology has sparked an explosion of data that differs from the data files handled by IT departments in the past. Beyond databases, legal records and more, organizations are now dealing with unstructured data, which is comprised of large file formats like audio files in banking, patent files in law firms and human genomic codes in life sciences. The data is vast, and growing. According to IDC, more than 90 percent of the world's data is unstructured. This means we're moving from terabyte to petabyte to exabyte levels of data and higher. In 2012, the amount of global data reached roughly 2.7 zettabytes—and IDC predicts that number will double again by 2015 and continue to double every two years after that. Looking back at the past year, a number of steps were taken to address hyperscale data storage, including major improvements in utilization, cost savings, management and more. Data storage was prioritized by IT teams, but while large advancements were made, several challenges still need to be addressed in 2015. According to Chris Gladwin, founder of object-based storage provider Cleversafe, the following trends will drive the data storage industry in 2015.


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