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5 Hot Trends in Storage Technology

5 Hot Trends in Storage Technology

Data storage technology has grown at an incredible pace in the last few years. A larger number of individual users and businesses have fully adopted the cloud. Flash storage capacity hasn’t just crept up in size-it has exploded. Some changes are so incremental that we don’t notice them in the greater landscape. Other changes cause or result in such a large shift in multiple sectors that we can’t but notice them. Here are 5 trends in data storage technology that you don’t want to miss:

1) Smart Storage: Storage intelligence involves a collision between the fields of big data, analytics, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Users want more than just large capacity in their data storage device. They want intelligent storage that utilizes built-in analytics. If an area or type of storage is underutilized, intelligent storage can redirect resources and flag issues before they become a problem that interrupts function.

2) Multi-cloud Storage: After moving to the cloud, many businesses are left with the question, “Now what?” The answer might be moving to other cloud services. Sharing data storage across multiple cloud services maximizes the benefits of cloud computing while minimizing the risk of data loss. We’re also recognizing the distinct benefits of different cloud services, including public, private, and hybrid. Everyone wants to avoid downtime due to cloud failure. Embracing a hybrid approach lessens that as well.

3) Machine Learning: Sticking to the theme of expecting more from our data storage technology, artificial intelligence and machine learning have been previously underutilized resources in data storage. By applying machine learning, storage management processes could optimize storage, proactively identify potential problems, and handle the workload of major data centers at a fraction of a cost compared to current approaches.

4) Zero Downtime: As businesses select the best data storage approach for their needs, many are considering their recovery point objectives (RPOs) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs). RPO specifies how much data a business can tolerate losing due to storage failure. RTO indicates the maximum amount of time it should take for recovery. Increasingly, businesses are demanding 0 RTO. The want and need to be back up and running immediately after storage failure. If it’s not possible to get to an absolute zero RTO, business leaders should demand data storage solutions that get them as close as possible. As the competition heats up between storage providers, expect more zero tolerance solutions available on the market.

5) Storage is here to stay: The rapid evolution of data storage has left some to question whether there will still be a demand for hard drives and on-sight data storage options in the future. Despite the growth of the cloud and data analytics to reallocate data storage, there remains a significant need for high-capacity, reliable, and high performance data storage. Trends like storage intelligence and machine learning don’t result in elimination of storage but more effective, efficient use of the storage available.

Trends in data storage technology continue to change at a rapid pace. Our recovery specialists have a first-hand perspective on recovering data from the latest technology. If you’d like to work with our team, submit an online help form today to get started.

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