Storage Trends and Industry Perspectives
The storage industry is undergoing rapid changes – not just in the underlying technology, but also in how storage is provisioned, deployed, managed and consumed. Important new disciplines such as converged infrastructure, software-defined storage, object storage and big data are giving IT organizations and storage buyers new options for architecting solutions to meet the demands of the business.
Orange Business Services, the business services arm of global telecommunications leader Orange, provides communications services to companies in France and to multinational companies around the world. We serve more than 2 million businesses, many of which were interested in moving some of their applications out of internal data centers and into the cloud. As the industry transition to cloud computing and IT as a Service began to move from concept to reality, we were faced with the task of reinventing our company as a cloud services provider.
These days, if you work in IT, you are working for an IT service provider. It may not feel that way to the majority of IT professionals yet, but it does to their CIOs. The “which cloud” debates of the past few years—public, private, Amazon, Azure, SaaS—have settled into the hybrid cloud model. This aligns with the CIO’s need for an application portfolio that serves the business and is supported by the emergence of a range of technologies that deliver IT in compelling new ways.
In sports, teams and athletes are always looking for a competitive edge on the field. For leading innovators in team sports, that same attitude applies to their IT operations. Many of the IT infrastructure considerations that are important to all businesses are particularly crucial to sports organizations, including intelligent data management, adaptability and the need to exceed customer expectations.
About 90% of today’s data has been created in the past two years, so it’s creating big challenges for IT professionals and storage administrators in all areas – primary storage, backup, archiving, data protection and nearline storage.
Looking at the key storage trends for 2013, we predict it will be another big year for solid-state technologies. Flash will be applied broadly to a wide range of workloads, from virtualized servers and desktops to online transaction processing (OLTP) to file services...
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Flash-based storage in its many forms is poised and positioned to cause a major disruption to what is currently viewed as tier 1 storage. As we move into an era in which business agility requires greater application performance…