Virtual Strategy Magazine, 1/11/16
Enterprise storage is an overall stagnant industry. For years, the biggest news in the space revolved around increasing “speeds and feeds,” or the growing capacity for infrastructure to deliver data faster – even though storage hardware itself remained generally unchanged, and caused major headaches in the lives of storage managers and IT administrators.
If the events of 2015 are any indication, something new is definitely afoot in the data storage infrastructure market. Startups introduced new technologies, major incumbent vendors made headlines with merger and acquisition (M&A) news, and enterprises began to show new preferences for the way they consume platforms and services. Now, as we move forward into 2016, below are some of the trends and themes that will dominate enterprise storage and general technology:
Data Migration will Continue to Cause IT Headaches
One of the most prominent pain points in the technology industry is also one of the most simple. Data mobility is the biggest hurdle to cloud adoption on the market, but IT vendors large and small are releasing solutions that provide a quick fix for these problems, rather than addressing them in full. The solution that takes root in 2016 won’t be enterprises building 10-gigabyte (GB) direct lines between major data centers and their headquarters in order to move data via an information superhighway. Instead, we’ll see a rise in metro clouds – highly connected data centers in metro areas where the ecosystem exists to solve some of the problems inherent in hybrid cloud use cases.