2011 Trends to Watch: Storage

Date: January 22, 2011
Pages: 14
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Publisher: Ovum
Report type: Brief Review
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2011 Trends to Watch: Storage
Introduction

The volume of data stored by businesses continues to soar, and in some cases is increasing by over 50% per year. Alongside this growth is the need to provide ever greater levels of availability and disaster protection for applications - and hence the data they access. Storage operations are also be challenged by server and desktop virtualization.

Features and benefits
  • Details of current and future trends in the integration of storage and server virtualization platforms.
  • Description of new forms of cloud storage service suitable for the storage of non-performance sensitive file data, or for disaster recovery
  • Advice for those considering the use of flash memory solid-state drives
Highlights

Server virtualization creates major problems for storage systems. The solutions require increased convergence between the two technology streams. This process could see server virtualization platforms usurp many of the current functions of storage systems.Handling the major I/O or data throughput loads created by desktop virtualization systems could become the first wide-spread enterprise application for flash memory drives.

Your key questions answered
  • What are the next stages of integration between storage systems and server virtualization platforms?
  • How do I identify the most suitable enterprise applications for flash memory solid-state drives?
SUMMARY

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BUSINESS TRENDS AND TECHNOLOGY ENABLERS

Analysis

STORAGE CHALLENGES FOR SERVER VIRTUALIZATION

Storage headaches
Current solutions
  Shared storage
  Virtualized storage
  Integration of management software
Future trends

FLASH STEPS FORWARD

Flash as a new storage tier
Life is not a flash issue
Think IOPS per dollar, and I/O profile
Flash to the rescue in desktop virtualization
Cheaper enterprise flash emerges
The flash outlook

CLOUD STORAGE BECOMES ANOTHER TIER

A friendlier face in the cloud
Using cloud storage

APPENDIX

Further reading
Methodology
Definitions
Author
Ovum Consulting
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