Storage Optimization

Public cloud storage spending is accelerating in the U.S. and Asia, but European businesses still hesitate moving their data in the global providers’ clouds because of data protection regulations. Software-defined storage technology can help European IT companies put their customers’ data into smaller local clouds while delivering the cost efficiency and reliability available only to global players.

Gartner estimates that the public cloud services market will grow above $130 billion by 2017. That is huge growth, and everyone knows it. But when it comes to such numbers it’s not the bulk amount or growth rate that really deserves attention. Instead, let’s take a look at the underlying patterns. Gartner provides some insightful and intriguing numbers for the curious. We’ll pick up what make sense for the data storage and data protection industry.

The Year of Software-Defined Storage

2013 is, according to many, the year of software-defined storage.  Let’s discuss what is new and different about it this year.

The words “software defined” are used in many ways: They are applied to networks, storage and data centers. Hardware-defined objects are just as the word implies: Hard. Once wired and set up, they stay that way. But today’s environments crave the flexibility of a less static environment. Software definition allows reconfiguration with software rather than actually moving of cables and boxes. Actually, we are using software to define an abstraction layer.

Storage Challenges: Why Prices Have to Drop this Year

Storage has been one of the major IT topics for some time, and this is not likely to change in 2013. Why? Because storage demand keeps rapidly expanding and requirements are growing along multiple dimensions.

One reason is the content explosion. Just think about pictures and songs and tweets being shared and then re-shared, viewed and downloaded, and downloads being logged and analyzed. The sheer number of transactions triggered by each of these events is astounding. Driven by the proliferation of data-intensive technology across all aspects of IT, from consumer to business to industrial and government use cases, the demand for net storage capacity is bound to keep growing.