Enterprise Storage in 2019: Keep those industry predictions rolling

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for crystal ball gazing so here are six predictions about IT storage trends in 2019.  There are good ideas here from our industry contributors – but do excuse the sometimes liberal application of tincture of marketing 

The disappearing data lake

Don Foster, senior director at Commvault: “Not fully knowing or understanding what is being placed in a data lake, why it is stored, and if it is even of proper data integrity will have proved untenable and inefficient for mining and insight gathering. The data lake will begin to disappear in favor of technology which can discover, profile, map data where it lives, reducing storage and infrastructure costs while implementing data strategies that can truly provide insights to improve operations, mitigate risks and potentially lead to new business outcomes.”

Tools for the multi-cloud

Jon Toor, CMO at Cloudian: “IBM’s acquisition of Red Hat will reverberate throughout 2019, giving enterprises more options for designing a multi-cloud strategy and highlighting the importance of data management tools that can work across public cloud, private cloud and traditional on-premises environments.” 

Capacity

Gary Watson, CTO and founder of Nexsan: “Spinning hard drives are getting bigger, and they are still 5-10x cheaper than flash per terabyte…The reality is that the future in 2019 is most likely to be built on a world of both flash and spinning hard drives.

“Next year, we will … see capacity become a major concern for organisations, fuelled by data growth. … As we store more and more data moving forward, it’s important to protect all of it, and the cloud may not always be suitable. Finding the perfect balance between cloud and on-premises storage, for short-term and long-term data alike, will drive storage needs for the data boom and software growth in 2019.” 

A permanent home for edge computing

Alan Conboy, Office of the CTO, Scale Computing: “According to Statista the global IoT market will explode from $2.9 trillion in 2014 to $8.9 trillion in 2020. That means companies will be collecting data and insights from nearly everything we touch from the moment we wake up and likely even while we sleep. 

“In 2019, edge computing will require a new level of intelligence and automation to make those platforms practical. Where once only a smidge of data was created and processed outside a traditional data center, we will soon be at a stage where nearly every piece of data will be generated far outside the data center. This amount of data will create a permanent home for edge computing.” 

Rethinking converged solutions

Gijsbert Janssen van Doorn, technology evangelist, Zerto: “In 2018 we saw hardware vendors trying to converge the software layer into their product offering. However, all they’ve really created is a new era of vendor lock-in – a hyper-lock-in in many ways. 

“In 2019 organisations will rethink what converged solutions mean. As IT professionals increasingly look for out-of-the-box ready solutions to simplify operations, we’ll see technology vendors work together to bring more vendor-agnostic, comprehensive converged systems to market.”

Veeam has a little list

Data protector Veeam has made these predictions for 2019.

  • Multi-Cloud usage and exploitation will rise
  • Flash memory supply shortages, and prices, will improve in 2019
  • Predictive Analytics, based on telemetry data, will become mainstream and ubiquitous
  • The “versatalist” (or generalist) admin role will increasingly become the new operating model for the majority of IT organizations
  • The top 3 data protection vendors in the market continue to lose market share in 2019 (thought by us to be Commvault, Dell EMC, and Veritas)
  • The arrival of the first 5G networks will create new opportunities for resellers and CSPs to help collect, manage, store and process the higher volumes of data

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