Ten Predictions for Cloud Storage in 2014

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Traditional hardware solutions labeled “cloud” will no longer fly. Traditional hardware vendors relabeling racks of equipment as cloud can no longer command massive margins and will be pushed into software-as-a-service models or risk revenue falls from grace. Note to vendors still thinking about “cloudwashing” tired infrastructure: End users are onto this and will force some of the big iron vendors to adapt to a services model or see revenues deteriorate.

2013 was a breakthrough year for cloud storage. A recent survey showed that 60 percent of businesses decided to store their data in the cloud, and the benefits they’ve begun to realize range from cost and time savings to maintenance-free storage infrastructure.

But the year also brought with it some controversy intertwined along with the successes. Whether it was high-profile cloud outages, the scramble around the Nirvanix shutdown or the daily drumbeat of data privacy stories resulting from the Snowden breach, the public was reminded constantly to remain cautious. So now, as the year nears a close, it’s a good time for collective reflection about what all this means for the industry and the technology.

With all of this as context, TwinStrata has identified 10 predictions they believe are sound bets for 2014.

 

Related Topics : IBM Looks to Redefine Industry Standard Servers, APC, Brocade, Citrix Systems, Data Center

 
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