Cross-Platform Storage Automation Will Be the Key in 2018
At the end of every year the storage industry makes predictions about upcoming trends they expect in the new year, usually citing the exponential growth of unstructured data as a driver for innovative new storage types and/or point solutions that offer enhanced capabilities, cheaper price points, and increasing platform choices to accommodate the ever-expanding use cases for all types of digital assets.
The issue is that even with years of advancements in storage technologies, management of storage infrastructures has only gotten more complex, particularly as IT organizations have to do more with static or shrinking operational budgets. The problem becomes worse when primary storage tiers get full, or need to be replaced in a tech refresh. This inevitably adds more load on IT Staff, and disruption for users.
Automation is the key trend to address this sort of problem across all industries today, leveraging machine learning and data-driven intelligence. The storage industry is no exception, and the technology has finally gotten to the point to bring cross-platform storage and data automation to this industry as well, driven by new metadata-driven software solutions.
The most pressing need for the storage industry is simplicity and automation. That is, to simplify and automate data management across heterogeneous storage types, while also improving ROI of the entire storage infrastructure. And the key to data management is in its metadata, which enable the following trends.
By Floyd Christofferson,
SVP Products - StrongBox Data Solutions.