Article written by Laz Vekiarides, chief technology officer of ClearSky Data.
In 2015, the enterprise storage industry accomplished something that, until very recently, seemed impossible: it began to change. Previously, storage hardware had made few fundamental changes in years. Now, organizations are consuming more infrastructure as a service, startups are breaking free from industry standards with new technologies and major players have shaken the market with merger and acquisition (M&A) news. The storage tides are turning, and these changes will continue into 2016.
The beginning of any new year introduces hype about the trends that may take root as the calendar runs its course. When 2016 comes to a close, we're expecting to reflect on the success and potential disappointment of four major trends:
Trend No. 1: Companies will work to improve data migration and mobility.
Our prediction: Change will happen slowly, but surely.
Currently, data migration is a roadblock that prevents many organizations from successfully adopting the cloud. IT vendors are announcing solutions that attempt to put a Band-Aid on these problems, but for the majority of 2016, we expect these quick-fix solutions will introduce new headaches while failing to address deeper issues. Some organizations with deeper pockets will even build information superhighways - 10-gigabyte (GB) direct lines between cloud data centers and their users - in hopes of bypassing migration problems, but even this drastic solution won't always free its owners from latency complaints.