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Evolution of data storage industry accelerates
This article is part of the April 2013 issue of Storage magazine
Storage technology may not seem to be moving very quickly when measured by old criteria. But a new perspective shows the data storage industry is developing quite briskly. It may sometimes seem that you need a seismic instrument to detect the subtle shifting of storage technologies. A faint tremor might indicate that the data storage industry is heaving slightly in a new direction, but only at the glacial pace we're accustomed to. New storage techs may burst on the scene -- like dedupe about a decade ago, or solid-state over the last few years -- but then they ease into a fairly leisurely pace of adoption. It's like enjoying a big, glitzy opening night and then waiting a couple of weeks, months or years until the next performance. Deduplication is a case in point; while it's arguably a mature technology and it practically monopolized the attention of the storage market for years, our research shows that more than 60% of companies aren't using dedupe in their backup operations. Solid-state storage seems to be following a similar ...
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Storage technology may not seem to be moving very quickly when measured by old criteria. But a new perspective shows the data storage industry is developing quite briskly.
With few standards and storage array vendors not inclined to give up their proprietary ways, managing data storage has become tougher than it should be.
Although the role of tape in traditional backup operations might be diminishing, it still has a place in long-term data retention and even cloud storage services.
Data deduplication technology for backup has evolved enormously in the last decade, and it's poised to go beyond just backup.