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Hot data storage technologies for 2013
This article is part of the December 2012 Vol. 11 No. 10 issue of Storage magazine
These six data storage technologies will play pivotal roles in transforming data centers in 2013. We also review our hot storage tech predictions from last year. Our annual hot data storage technologies forecast cites the practical applications of techs that are available and ready now, rather than oohing and ahing over a list of science projects that may never leave the lab. That's not to say our tech picks lack pizzazz; they represent some of the most exciting technologies that are at the core of data center transformation, including solid-state storage, storage clouds, virtualization and data protection. In 2013, we think a lot of data storage shops will sidestep spinning disk in favor of all-flash arrays -- the prices are plunging and the performance is jaw-dropping. Solid-state will also become a key tool for caching apps and data to help speed up hard disk systems. Cloud storage services will figure prominently in many companies' disaster recovery (DR) plans, offering inexpensive virtual collocations and near-instantaneous...
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These six storage technologies will play pivotal roles in transforming data centers in 2013.
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