Part 3: 2013 IT Storage Predictions

Advice Will Garside Dec 17, 2012

We ask the storage industry’s movers and shakers what to keep an eye on in 2013

Everyday our planet creates around 2200 petabytes of data per day – including 4000 hours of video uploaded into YouTube each hour and 144bn emails sent.

Although a mind boggling large number, with almost half of our planet not yet “online”, data growth is expected to be exponential over the next few years. Organisations are looking at new ways to store and analyse these huge volumes of data and exciting new trends such as Hadoop and MapReduce promise to help unlock insights from these Big Data pools.

As 2012 draws to a close, our thoughts turn to what will be big in 2013 in the world of storage.

Big Data requires better visibility

Most agree that Big Data and the pressures it puts on the datacentre will be central to developments in storage. According to Chris James, EMEA marketing director at Virtual Instruments, the way we manage datacentres will radically change to reflect the larger volumes of information users are generating: “What will not change in 2013 is customers’ relentless demand for performance in the datacentre; the difference will be their focus on how to achieve this in a simpler and more cost-effective way.”

James explains that for most organisations, guaranteeing application performance still means over-provisioning servers, switches and storage. The move to virtualisation and private cloud has cut costs and boosted resource efficiency but over-provisioning has continued. This, he says, is mainly due to the lack of visibility within the infrastructure. ”But this will change in the coming year,” says James.

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