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Summary of Storage Predictions for 2013

By Ashish Nadkarni

The IDC Storage Team presented our predictions for 2013. The seminar was well attended and covered a broad range of topics in the storage industry. 2013 is shaping to be an interesting year for storage (like which year is not?!).


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We just wrapped up the taxonomy guide for File and Object based solutions. I believe the time has come to redo how we approach classification of such solutions (at least for now File and Object based solutions - block will come later). What's the big change? It is going to be about data organization and data interfaces.


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Knox! Knox! Who's there? Open Vault

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IDC has been tracking the Open Compute movement very closely since it's inception 18 months ago due to the involvement of very large IT consumers. Leading up to the Open Compute Summit there was lots of speculation regarding what would be discussed since the agenda wasn't released until about a week before the event. The only hint of an emphasis on storage as during registration when there as an option to attend a technical storage track. Even days before summit, no formal agenda of the technical tracks was published building to a sense of excitement as to what was to come.


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The foundation for today's service centric IT (with aspirations to be cloud-like) is the ability to deliver defined services in a consistent manner. Demand for storage resources during high utilization periods is larger than can be delivered, creating a scarcity of resources. Not all workload demands for storage resources are equal, have the same business priority, and therefore during times of resource contention, how is this conflict resolved?


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2013 promises to be a busy year for the IDC Storage team. Not only is the industry in the midst of an ongoing transformation but is also grappling with several new technologies and trends that are inevitably going to change how IT operates and how businesses collect, manage and analyze data. With this in mind, the Storage team has launched some new programs and initiatives - all aimed at educating our clients on how IDC sees this market.


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The economics of Copy data

By Ashish Nadkarni

The storage industry has seen it's fair share of storage startups. Every now and then a startup comes along with a simple value proposition and yet one that is very powerful in the pain points it solves - pain points that businesses have learned to live with and pain points that have been repeatedly asserted by the storage industry as the "cost of doing business". One such company is Actifio. Actifio's messaging is simple - Copy data management. Simple but powerful.


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