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.
The term software-defined storage (SDS) is often used to describe storage software running on commodity hardware, and the idea of using commodity components to build a low-cost storage pool is certainly appealing. However, this vision isn’t broad enough for a world in which the majority of enterprise application data is stored on traditional external storage systems. According to IDC, more than 20,000 petabytes of new external storage system capacity was purchased in 2013 alone.
As organizations increasingly turn to desktop virtualization to meet growing demands for flexibility and responsiveness, IT decision makers are recognizing that the storage infrastructure they choose can make or break the deployment.
As we move into a new year with the breakneck velocity that has become normal for the tech industry, it’s time to look at some of the key storage trends for 2014. We expect two themes to dominate in the coming year: hybrid clouds and global adoption of some of the emerging storage technologies.
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.
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