IBM Sees Flash, Hyper-convergence Among Top 2016 Storage Trends

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2016-01-04
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    IBM Sees Flash, Hyper-convergence Among Top 2016 Storage Trends

    As fast access to massive amounts of data becomes increasingly more critical, expect to see these advances in storage in 2016.
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    Flash-Based Data Storage Takes Off
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    Flash-Based Data Storage Takes Off

    In 2016, watch the move of external disk storage to flash accelerate for all active, Tier 1 storage needs. By 2019, flash will dominate disk storage. Customers are adopting flash because of it is inherently fast and easy to manage. Flash storage allows for the compression and deduplication of data more efficiently. It is also cheaper to manage and replace; plus, it takes up less space in data centers, and requires less electricity and cooling. Today, it is already cheaper to deliver a certain input/output operations per second (IOP) load on flash than disk.
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    Stacking Technology Is Entering a Third Dimension
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    Stacking Technology Is Entering a Third Dimension

    The flash memory inside our phones, tablets and solid-state drives (SSDs) is getting faster, cheaper and more capable every year, but there is a limit to how much data we can pack inside a given area of silicon—and current technology is already pushing that limit. So vendors will need to move two-dimensional memory cells in storage technology into the third dimension, which is called 3D stacking.
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    Cold Storage Will Become a Hot Technology in 2016
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    Cold Storage Will Become a Hot Technology in 2016

    Storage vendors will step up efforts in alternative technologies for cold data storage and how to make storage technology faster, cheaper and denser. High capacity, low cost and durability are important goals for cold storage. Presently, data retrieval and response time can be significantly slower for a cold storage system than for devices or systems designed for active data. Media choices for cold storage include tape or low-cost commodity hard disk drives. Object storage—provided by entities such as IBM's Cleversafe—is one of the most common disk-based storage system types for cold data.
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    Hyper-convergence Is Moving From Hype to the Real Thing
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    Hyper-convergence Is Moving From Hype to the Real Thing

    IBM is working on Spectrum Scale hyper-convergence software to manage both servers and storage in the same box for some of its customers. Hyper-convergence is a type of infrastructure system with a software-centric architecture that tightly integrates compute, storage, networking and virtualization resources and other technologies from scratch in a hardware box supported by a single vendor, such as IBM.
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    Software-Defined Storage Will Spiral Upward
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    Software-Defined Storage Will Spiral Upward

    While smaller businesses are increasingly moving to software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications and cloud-based storage in pursuit of lower costs and greater agility, most enterprises need to pursue a hybrid strategy, retaining a significant amount of storage capacity on-premises for reasons of performance, security, regulatory compliance, cost and the avoidance of cloud service lock-in. Typically, an enterprise will keep mission-critical data in-house, using the cloud for lower-priority data and for coping with episodic capacity requirements that fall outside the normal run of business. In 2016, we'll see more solutions based on software-defined scale-out storage to provide enterprises with more flexible management capabilities.
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    More Companies Will Look to the Cloud for Storage Needs
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    More Companies Will Look to the Cloud for Storage Needs

    The storage of data online in the cloud, where a company's data is stored and accessible from multiple distributed and connected resources, will become huge in 2016. Enterprises and midmarket firms will be looking for more solutions like IBM SoftLayer to manage all of their storage needs. Storage will become an enabler to high-performance cloud computing. Storage is a major component to the cloud and will continue to be a fundamental driver of performance.
 

In the last year, the data storage industry has undergone tremendous change, as the amount of data being created is growing exponentially. Fast access to massive amounts of data is becoming increasingly more critical, as is the need to move, store and recover that information—as quickly and efficiently as possible. In 2015, IBM watched the potential of flash reach a tipping point as large data centers switched to all flash for active data because the total cost of ownership and price per gigabyte favor flash. IBM also saw more enterprises move to one set of storage for all applications instead of having one set for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), one set for online transaction processing (OLTP), etc. In 2016, IBM says we'll see further acceleration of the $35 billion external storage market, the move of two-dimensional memory cells in storage technology into the third dimension, the rise of cold storage, the realization of hyper-convergence and how storage will change with hordes of data. This eWEEK slide show, based on an interview with Andy Walls, IBM Fellow, CTO and chief architect of IBM Flash Systems, illustrates Big Blue's 2016 storage predictions.

 
 
 
 
 
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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