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9 storage trends for 2014

Tom Paye | Jan. 2, 2014
The storage industry has evolved at a rate of knots over the past couple of years, and there are no signs of it slowing down any time soon. Trends such as Big Data might be seen as massively overhyped, though they're beginning to find their way into the Middle Eastern market, and more tangible innovations such as the proliferation of flash storage are beginning to find acceptance. What will all this mean for CIOs in the coming year? CNME asks a panel of experts, and looks forward to the nine biggest storage trends of 2014.

"Big Data is not just a trend; it's shorthand for business opportunity," he says.

According to White, there are three important advancements currently happening in the world of Big Data, and it's important to understand what is happening in order to take advantage of it.

"First, there is more human-generated data being produced through interactions with social media, mobile and messaging applications. Second, keen interest in monetising this data has driven innovation around data management and analysis techniques and technologies into high gear. And third, these advancements are shining new light on other types of data that were previously untapped," he says.

9. Storage is of the upmost importance

Most have already wised up to this fact, but in 2014, more businesses are expected to pour huge amounts of resources into their storage infrastructures. According to Mohan Sundaram, Manager, Enterprise Servers and Storage, Enterprise Infrastructure, Emitac Enterprise Solutions, CIOs are beginning to take a holistic approach to storage, incorporating their storage strategies into overall IT strategies as they strive for more efficiency.

"Storage is now definitely the core element of an enterprise data management strategy and cannot be viewed as an individual component. The new trends in the Industry are forcing CIOs to undertake a holistic approach towards data management which necessitates the IT transformation strategy," he says.

Anyone looking to upgrade their storage systems in 2014 should think about how the strategy fits into the business strategy as a whole, Sundaram explains. Scalability is hugely important but perhaps more important is considering the storage infrastructure as a core part of IT.

"With that consideration, any storage upgrade should incorporate the IT transformation strategy and be prepared to address tomorrow's problems and enable mixed workloads, be scalable (Both Scale-up and Scale-out), flexible to changing needs, cloud enablement and capable of handling Big Data," he says.


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