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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?!).
IDC expects Storage to continue to be a hot market in 2013. Major trends like Big Data, Cloud and bit technologies like Flash will continue to spur innovation. BYOD will continue to shape IT and have an impact on corporate sync'n share solutions. With the economy looking a bit better, many businesses may increase their spending (though as a whole the market may stay flat). So here are the top ten predictions. As always the full presentation is availale on idc.com
1. Public cloud will see a lot…
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.
In a previous blog post I had mentioned how file systems are really leading the way for protocol convergence. I had talked about data organization and data interfaces - and how one can argue that any storage system can be viewed/classified in this manner. Given that we are merging file and object based storage solutions (FOBS) into a single program, this new way of examining storage systems is ripe for deployment. Therefore in our taxonomy document we have taken this approach of looking at data…
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.
Knox! Knox! Who's there? Open Vault
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 such as:
- Goldman Sachs
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…
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?
Quality of Service (QoS): Scale Performance Consistently (Video)
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…
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.
The IDC Storage team is hard at work in making 2013 a stellar research year. We have updated several of our programs and launched new ones. Here is a recap of what we have in store for all of you in terms of special programs:
Notable changes for 2013 are:
- File and Object-based solutions (Updated): File based storage program is now File and Object based solutions. IDC recognizes the growing overlap of file and object platforms, the growth of scale-out file and object based solutions and…
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.
Like any industry, the storage industry has many secrets that support its survival. One such secret is the need to sell more disks to support data growth. More data means more storage. More storage means more revenue. Storage efficiency may temper some of it, but ultimately data growth translates to more revenue. No one can challenge that right?
However a closer look quickly indicates that not all of this data growth is organic i.e. real data growth. A significant chunk of this data growth…
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