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Data will be the business of 2017

Rick Scurfield, President, NetApp APAC | Jan. 31, 2017
With data so valuable to success, it has become the new currency of the digital age and has the potential to reshape every facet of the enterprise from business models to technology and user expectations.

New Technologies Become Standard

All of these business drivers will ultimately lead to the dominance of new technologies, particularly in the form of new application paradigms. We've seen this emerge in the form of today's DevOps movement where compositional programming based on micro services and mashups, open source and containerization have taken hold. Currently, these are considered niche solutions, but as the value of data becomes more critical to business and the pace of innovation becomes an even more crucial competitive weapon, they will quickly move into the mainstream. As that happens, these technologies will further reduce friction in the integration of businesses and the movement of talent. Historic parallels include the emergence of Ethernet as a networking standard and Linux as a standard operating system.

A Wider Dynamic Range of Storage and Data Management Technologies Evolves

As IT architectures evolve to accommodate new cloud infrastructure and new applications, a wider dynamic range of storage technologies will also emerge. We've witnessed how flash storage has quickly gained in popularity offering incredible efficiency and performance. Likewise, hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) is one of the new IT architectures that addresses the critical demand for simplicity and reduces the need for administrative resources to manage storage. While the first wave of HCI solutions have done that well, they have not addressed additional requirements for flexibility and scalability. Building web scale infrastructure will call for the flexibility to adapt the ratio of compute to storage according to the need, enable the upgrade of compute and storage separately, and scale easily and cost effectively. Expect the next wave of HCI solutions to leverage what we've learned from converged infrastructure to deliver web scale converged infrastructure that meets these requirements. We also see the build out of higher bandwidth networks to manage the movement of large volumes of data. On the horizon, storage technologies such as archive class storage and massive persistent memory are next in line for adoption. The rapid development of easy and accessible data management services will allow for easier deployment of these emerging technologies.

Consumerization of IT Persists

Perhaps most profound is the change in user expectations of iPhone-like simplicity and self-management and the integration of applications and services. These expectations are affecting development across all technologies in storage and data management. User experiences with mobile app simplicity in a wide variety of forms has raised expectations for the usability and simplicity of data management software. And from a business standpoint, companies are demanding this simplicity because it will enable them to use less expensive resources to manage their data while giving them greater access and use of their data as a critical business asset.


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