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This article is part of the Vol. 9 Num. 10 February 2011 issue of Storage Products of the Year 2010
You've read all the predictions about how file storage will bury our data centers in a few years. How to cope? Probably not with NAS. All indications are that file storage will consume the vast majority of disk capacity in the coming years. IDC research recently forecasted that file data will eclipse all other data types by a 6-to-1 ratio in terms of capacity consumption by the year 2014. My work with large IT organizations verifies this, as they already have petabytes of file storage and alarming growth rates. Is this good news for network-attached storage (NAS) vendors? Maybe. While this growth will temporarily drive interest in and acquisition of NAS systems, it will ultimately lead to a shift in how we implement, manage and protect file storage. It's unrealistic to believe that having dozens, hundreds and (in the not-so-distant future) thousands of NAS systems is sustainable. One company I'm working with has more than 600 NAS systems, and based on its growth, that count will double in the next couple of years. Think about the millions of dollars spent on... Access >>>
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