2016 Data Storage Trends: DevOps, Flash and Hybrid Cloud

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New Uses for Flash

New uses for flash will arise.

In 2016, the industry will continue to embark on a flash revolution as a result of its lower prices. Flash sales are poised to double due to aggressive price cuts as large enterprise-storage companies stake out claims on this bright spot in the market.

With decreasing prices, enterprises will soon begin to find new use cases for flash to help drive their business. Mansfield Oil, a leader in energy supply, logistics, and services in North America, is one of the largest privately owned companies in the United States by revenue. The company is utilizing flash to maintain robust performance for its high-transaction SQL Server environment. This enables Mansfield to stay ahead of competitors; ensuring critical business applications are always available—without exception.

The storage landscape will continue to shift in 2016 as it enters its most exciting transformation yet. The rise of converged infrastructure, flash and hybrid cloud is disrupting what has mostly been a static industry, long thought to be past its inflection point for innovation.  

However, the data revolution and increasing reliance on cloud technologies are changing the way enterprises view and utilize storage. For instance, compute, network and storage are moving beyond traditional IT silos to a converged infrastructure, with DevOps emerging as a key catalyst. Meanwhile, enterprises are finding new use cases for flash, as price cuts have made the technology a viable option for workloads beyond cache and tier technologies.

In tandem, these disruptive forces will significantly impact the responsibilities of storage admins, who must adopt new and relevant skills or risk losing their roles.

In this slideshow, Lee Caswell, VP Product, Solutions & Services Marketing at NetApp, details the exciting changes to come for a dynamic storage market and how it will shape up in 2016.

 

Related Topics : Fujitsu, Storage Virtualization, Desktop Virtualization, Virtual Tape Library, InfiniBand

 
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