Cloud is Call­ing

The net­work stor­age land­scape has been dis­rupted ir­re­versibly by cloud ser­vice providers who are there to stay and co-ex­ist with in­cum­bents.

Voice&Data - - NETWORK STORAGE -

With the dig­i­tal age al­ready upon us, the con­nected world is be­com­ing ul­tra-con­nected. While diskat­tached stor­age (DAS) con­tin­ues to be an in­te­gral part of the PCs and other ac­cess de­vices, it is al­most a re­dun­dancy and is there as if by some sort of IT habit.

All en­ter­prise data to­day rests on the net­work, of one form or the other. In fact, with the cloud be­com­ing more and more main­stream, the tra­di­tional par­a­digm of on-premise net­work stor­age sys­tems and sub­sys­tems is be­ing chal­lenged. As en­ter­prises need to deal with a mul­ti­tude of big data, its legacy net­work stor­age sys­tems are ac­tu­ally faced with lim­i­ta­tions, thus ac­cel­er­at­ing the shift to cloud.

Tech­nol­ogy Trends

Cloud stor­age is very much in vogue, so much so that it has started putting pres­sures on the rev­enues of in­cum­bent stor­age ven­dors like EMC, NetApp, HP, Dell and Bro­cade among oth­ers, who have been in the busi­ness of build­ing stor­age sys­tems like net­work at­tached stor­age (NAS) and stor­age area net­works (SANs).

More­over, pub­lic and hy­brid cloud ser­vice providers like Ama­zon Web Ser­vices, on ac­count of their hy­per scales, have been able to com­modi­tize stor­age in an un­prece­dented man­ner and of­fer it as a ser­vice. This makes the whole propo­si­tion look even more at­trac­tive to en­ter­prises, as it adds some real teeth to their mo­bil­ity strate­gies.

Of late, stor­age ven­dors have looked more closely and se­ri­ously at ‘flash stor­age’ as a means to bring back some spark to stor­age ar­rays. Ac­cord­ing to IDC, adop­tion and ac­cep­tance of hy­brid flash ar­rays across or­ga­ni­za­tions to meet both ca­pac­ity and per­for­mance de­mands in a sin­gle box is on the rise. Adop­tion of all flash ar­rays has also gained mo­men­tum across or­ga­ni­za­tions for work­loads like OLTP, BI, Billing and VDI.

The rise of flash ar­rays and solid-state drives (in servers) is aimed at in­creas­ing the speed and re­li­a­bil­ity of IOPS-cen­tric data and mak­ing it more at­trac­tive for mis­sion-crit­i­cal en­ter­prise ap­pli­ca­tions.

Flash is also be­com­ing more com­mon­place in disk-at­tached stor­age of­fer­ings. While his­tor­i­cally, flash has been re­stricted to high-end ap­pli­ca­tions and users, a re­cent anal­y­sis by Wik­i­bon sug­gests that flash is enroute to be­ing more cost-ef­fec­tive than

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