Five Trends Shaking Up Today's Enterprise Storage Strategy

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Linux-Based OS Approaches

Disruptor #5: A shift from proprietary OS approaches to Linux-based (100 percent user space) OS approaches.

Traditional storage systems rely on a proprietary kernel-based operating system, which was necessary 10 to 20 years ago in order to achieve maximum performance from the storage system. Modern storage systems are designed to run entirely in user mode on top of a standard distribution of the Linux operating system. This accelerates the pace of software innovation, makes fully automated testing of new software possible, and accelerates the ability to support new commodity hardware platforms as they are introduced into the market.

"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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