Five Data Storage Predictions for 2012 - Slide 3

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Data curation is the active and ongoing management of data throughout its lifecycle. This smarter data categorization adds value that will help glean new opportunities, improve the sharing of information and preserve data for later reuse.

However, there's also a lot of work involved in selecting, appraising and organizing data to make them accessible and interpretable. The key is bringing data sets together, organizing them and linking them to related documents and tools. If data can be stored in a way that provides context, organizations can find new and useful ways to use that data.

To many IT professionals, the data storage process is considered boring. Issues related to I/O performance will get their attention, but actually managing the storing of data tends to appeal to a narrow subset of the IT community.

IBM, however, says data storage is about to have a breakout year, largely because data is now getting the respect it deserves as a business asset. Here are five macro trends for 2012 that will change the way people think about data storage forever.

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