Guest Column | February 12, 2013

Spectra Logic's 2013 Top Ten Data Storage Trend Predictions

Molly Rector

By Molly Rector, Chief Marketing Officer – EVP Product Management and WW Marketing, Spectra Logic

2013 will be a huge year for data storage, if only because the amount of worldwide data is huge—and growing. While organizations must always focus on the how quickly we can access information created minutes ago, the reality is that much business value is lying in wait, hiding in the organizational data gathered over months and years. This point is driven home by the fact that, of all the data in the digital universe, as much as 90 percent of today's data is archival. 

Big data, big year! 2013 will be a big year for archival grade storage solutions and the technologies – both old and new. The biggest barrier to using older data is accessibility, and archive architectures smash that barrier—this will drive the demand for active archive implementations. With all data available through a standard directory structure, suddenly all data is at everyone’s fingertips.

Here’s our list of the top 10 data storage trends we anticipate for this exciting year of innovation and change:

  1. File-based storage solutions will take the main stage in product development and releases.
  1. Unstructured data growth will continue unabated. New technology solutions, announcements for integrating analytics, and storage of unstructured data will abound.
  1. Big data will expand beyond a Hadoop-centric market as users demand multiple performance options and look for alternatives to choose from to meet their specific big data requirements.
  1. Active archive of data will increasingly become strategic purchasing intentions of CIOs as they grapple with implementing cost-effective methods to store, retain and retrieve data.
  1. Object storage solutions will expand beyond their early adoption in segments of HPC and video storage and begin broader adoption.
  1. The pairing of flash for performance and tape for capacity storage will increase dramatically for big data storage environments.
  1. High-capacity tape automation systems will continue to increase in deployments around the world, as organizations struggle to keep up with data growth, and to take advantage of that data.
  1. Full availability shipments of LTO-6 tape drives and media will keep tape storage systems the most cost-effective enterprise storage media for data sets, including those in the petabytes and exabytes. Exascale storage will be realized at the world’s largest data centers.
  1. Software solutions for cloud, archive and big data will integrate support of new tape technologies, including LTFS and NAS interfaces, as standards from SNIA are completed.
  1. Multiple tiers of solid-state disk storage will become increasingly available in high performance data centers. Very integrated tiered file storage options will become increasingly important as users have more media types on which they store data.

In spite of this list’s reliance on the inevitable short-hand buzzwords common in our industry, the preceding list foretells more data storage, on more platforms, with greater capacity, and accessed with greater ease than ever before.