The Future of Storage

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Cloud computing, virtualization and big data all affect the future of storage. As Alan Radding of Network World reports cloud computing, for example, has turned storage from an ”array of disks to a service” and the future is predicted to bring an explosion in the amount of data that needs to be stored, “big data”. A recent report finds that the digital universe will reach 40 zettabytes by 2020, a 50-fold increase from the beginning of 2010 making investment in storage and personnel necessary.

The future of storage may seem unsettling to some but it really should be looked at as a new area of opportunity. Mr. Radding provides us these best practices to “stay ahead of the curve”:

  • Don’t be afraid, but do look before you leap. Look for baby steps that can build skill levels and comfort levels.
  • Move beyond the hype and examine what is best for your organization’s needs.
  • Expect change and be prepared to change. With advanced technologies change happens even faster today.
  • Start with a strategy and a plan. Think about the impacts to storage both today and in the future caused by new technologies such as virtualization and cloud computing and the phenomenon of big data as a continuous journey.
  • Look for more than just low cost. Mr. Radding reports this is especially important with cloud storage. What are your future needs, what are the business goals you hope to accomplish?
  • Practice change management from day one.
  • Know your IT infrastructure. Having a handle on how it changes, operates and where all variables are located will help an organization move more successfully with future technology shifts that impact storage.
  • Clarify responsibilities. Virtualization, cloud and big data bring more players. Roles need to be clarified and responsibilities assigned.