By Travis Vigil, ED, Product Management, Dell Storage
The data center continues to evolve as new technologies and delivery models have found ways to improve services and remove time and cost from overall IT management. Though a number of recent innovations have improved performance and reliability throughout the data center, organizations today still must manage complexity, and, often times, IT leaders and staff spend too much time keeping their infrastructure running rather than focusing on new services to support their business or organizational goals."Flash storage’s ability to handle data at much faster rates than traditional spinning disks has organizations weighing the options of performance versus cost" The coming year will be a great one for enterprise storage, particularly in terms of technology to help support and improve current IT approaches, as well as new delivery models poised for prime time. Many of these trends offer a more nimble, simplified storage infrastructure as well as improved performance often delivered in less space. Large enterprises aren’t the only ones that will lead the way in embracing these new approaches. Many of these trends will have great appeal to SMBs, as well. Big or small, our customers continually tell us that they want to cost effectively keep pace with data growth with solutions that offer agility and less complexity in their data centers. The following five enterprise storage trends are expected to heat up in the coming year and help address these issues. Flash Adoption Flourishes Flash storage’s ability to handle data at much faster rates than traditional spinning disks has organizations weighing the options of performance versus cost. In 2015, most organizations will look to benefit from enterprise flash drives. They also will seek vendors that can combine various flash drive types (i.e. write- and read-intensive SSDs) with spinning disks (HDDs) to get flash performance when needed and lower cost storage for colder data at an optimized cost in one storage array. All-flash arrays have generated plenty of buzz, but organizations are increasingly adopting hybrid storage at greater numbers. Our customer data shows that more than 97 percent of our customers deploying flash are opting for a hybrid approach that combines SSDs and HDDS in their arrays.