2016 Trends for the Changing Storage Landscape

Updated: Jun 8, 2018

The year 2016 is still young, so it’s not too late to catch up with the latest trends in storage. Many of the trends being predicted for this year involve software-defined storage or flash storage specifically. Not only that, but the capacity and performance levels of flash storage put you in a position to take advantage of other top technology trends.

As the year progresses, you don’t want to fall behind and miss out on cutting edge storage opportunities, so here they are:

The Top 5 Storage Trends Forecasted by Technology Experts:

1) Flash storage prices are coming down. TechRepublic reports that, in the second half of 2015, flash prices have reduced by 75% over the past 18 months. In the past, prices per gigabyte ranging from $1 to 3 made flash storage a hard sell. The combination of lower prices and a more attractive total cost of ownership from higher capacity and performance will encourage more companies to move to flash.

eweek states IBM 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

2) Performance requirements are rising to the levels provided by solid state drives. In Network Computing, Chris Evans calls flash storage the “hard disk drive killer.” With greater demands on businesses to store more data every year, hard disk drives are having a difficult time keeping up.

And capacity isn’t the only issue. Speedier processors and memory have increased I/O requirements to the point where HDDs can no longer keep up with applications. IT leaders will need to up the ante as far as capacity and performance go by adopting flash storage.

3) Storage will increasingly integrate with network and compute functions. Companies moving to a converged infrastructure can benefit from incorporating flash into their new architecture. Creating an impetus for moving to a converged infrastructure in which storage, networking, and compute are included in one chassis.

Converged infrastructure and all-flash arrays work together in a mutually beneficial way. The compactness of flash storage works well in the building block structure of converged systems. The high density improves performance. The same software that manages the stack can manage flash storage.

4) As personalizing customer engagement drives profitability, storage will have to meet the requirements of mobile application development.

The key to individualizing customer service is using analytic applications to learn about consumer preferences from mobile applications.

The IDC reports that currently 1% of all applications use cognitive services for analytics. They also forecast that by 2018, 50% will be embedding analytics in applications. The performance demands of these applications will require the low latency and rapid IOPS. Flash storage not only supplies these optimum response times, but also meets the challenge of high capacity storage required to analyze large data sets.

Prepare for the Rise of Flash As these top 5 trends show, flash storage is becoming a more accessible and popular storage technology. Flash’s ability to optimize capacity and performance make it a superior alternative to traditional hard drives. Its capabilities also make other trends in technology attainable, like converged infrastructure and big data analytics.

Be prepared, because the trend towards flash storage will affect other parts of your infrastructure. The speed of flash may require that you boost your network bandwidth. As you enter the era of flash storage, ensure that your infrastructure matches your company’s performance demands now and into the future.

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