The Need for Object-Based File Systems: The growth of unstructured data will require larger, more scalable file systems. Standard file systems will need to be replaced by object-based file systems to meet this growing demand. Managing file system data and metadata as objects enables fast file system restores, allows high-performance file access, and provides automated file tiering.
Accelerating Use of Content Platforms for Data Archives and Data Sharing: Storage virtualization enables applications to share storage resources. However, the application data remains locked in separate silos. In 2013, the use of content platforms for data archives and data sharing will accelerate as users try to correlate information from different applications.
Hardware Assist Controllers to Satisfy Increasingly Complex Workloads: Storage controllers will be equipped with advanced processors and hardware assist ASICs to address increasingly complex workloads and higher throughput.
Creating a Secure Platform for the Adoption of Mobile Devices: Adoption of mobile devices increases productivity and innovation, but it also creates a nightmare for corporate datacenters. 2013 will see the emergence of secure platforms for data sharing that minimize the security threat of mobile devices and further increase the productivity of mobile workers.
More Tightly Integrated Converged Solutions: Certified, pre-configured and pre-tested converged infrastructure solutions are gaining traction. In 2013, we will see the growing acceptance of unified compute platforms where the management and orchestration of server, storage, and network resources will be done through a single pane of glass.
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