New Approaches to Data Storage in 2018
Sometimes it is a norm for big to changes sneaks up on someone, especially when talking about the data storage technology’s future. In 2017, a majority of risk-averse enterprises finally got to accept the cloud storage. 2018 is no different; the data storage industry is equally experiencing these technology trends. In 2018, here are a few obvious yet possibly transformative new approaches to data storage in 2018 that could be sneaking past most people, and, going mainstream with enterprises.
The container concept
Over the years, enterprises have longed for a better way to package their application. As a result, the industry has witnessed the birth of containers. This year we are already witnessing the introduction of enterprise-class container management that have already reached maturity parity with the management of virtual machines. As a result, it is expected to see a rollout of modern software-defined resources, which may include storage, to be packaged and delivered majorly in a containerized form.
Most storage arrays have in-cloud equivalents
A majority of storage arrays produced in 2018 come with in-cloud equivalents to facilitate easy replication and take over if necessary. One thing that inspired this approach is to ensure the end user goes on with their business normally with no much worries about the underlying storage infrastructure service – whether a physical machine, temporary container service, virtual image, or some other solution.
Management as a service
When looking at the data storage technology’s future, you’d get that Management as a service, or simply MaaS, is gaining traction in 2018. For instance, it seems that each storage array that’s coming out has an inbuilt call home support that’s complete with performance optimization and management analytics. As a result, the industry is experiencing increased offerings of cloud-hosted MaaS in the management of hybrid architectures, and many people are shifting away from the struggles of on-premises management software.