Five Data Storage Predictions for 2012 - Slide 5

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As our digital and data-driven universe expands, certain industries, such as health care and entertainment, are able to reach new levels of innovation by having the capacity to house, organize and instantaneously access information.

For example, even one 300-bed hospital may generate 30 terabytes of data per year. Those figures will only grow with higher-resolution medical imaging, and new tools or services such as making electronic health care records available online.

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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