Five Trends Shaking Up Today's Enterprise Storage Strategy

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Disruptor #4: A shift from focusing on managing just petabytes of data (size of files) to managing billions and billions of files (number of files).

Traditional storage systems were never designed to handle the hundreds of millions and billions of files that are a reality in today's digital and Internet-connected world. Processes such as disk or node rebuilds, automatically re-balancing data or tree-walks all break down as the number of files or objects reach high numbers. Modern storage systems are designed to handle tens of billions and ultimately trillions of files, in addition to providing petabytes of raw storage capacity.

"Storage Wars" is a popular reality TV show, but the title may seem all too real to enterprises trying to deal with storage demands as they drown in data. The battlefield has changed dramatically. Organizations are faced with storing billions or even trillions of files – increasingly unstructured data, large digital files such as videos and images. And the old solution – simply adding more physical storage – doesn't work anymore. It's too expensive, inefficient and unmanageable.

Fortunately, technology has a way of solving the problems that technology creates, and new approaches to storage are emerging to attack the deluge of data pouring from Internet-connected devices and systems. We are seeing a major shift in how today's enterprise storage is being developed. The emphasis now is on data management at today's scale – intelligent, software-based systems that provide scalable, fast and reliable data storage systems and enable organizations to focus on extracting value from data rather than managing storage.

In this slideshow, Brett Goodwin, vice president of Marketing, Qumulo, has identified the top five disruptors in enterprise storage today.

 

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

 
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