New storage architectures slowly making inroads


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Over the last few years alternatives to traditional storage architectures have emerged that may prove transformative. Learn which ones our readers are using in their storage shops.

Storage advances slowly, but it doesn't stand still. Recently, alternatives to traditional storage architectures have emerged that may prove transformative. Some are evolutionary (

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scale-out NAS, converged infrastructures), while others are downright revolutionary (object storage, software-defined storage). Most of our survey respondents still rely on good old DAS (62%), SAN (59%) and NAS (59%) to handle their average data capacity of 372 TB, but newer techs are beginning to share the load: 23% have deployed clustered NAS and 14% are evaluating it. Similarly, cloud-integrated storage and object storage are past the curiosity phase and are in actual use by 18% and 16%, respectively. Clustered NAS adopters take "scale-out" seriously, with a whopping average capacity of 327 TB. Archive (25%) and cloud (25%) are the classic use cases for object, but 33% are using it for mission-critical apps. Respondents say they need to know more about software-defined storage (43%) and converged infrastructures (42%) before evaluating them. That's not so surprising, as nobody seems to have a definition for software-defined storage, and packing storage, compute and networking into one rack sounds vaguely like -- dare we say it? -- a mainframe.

About the author:
Rich Castagna is editorial director of TechTarget's Storage Media Group.

This was first published in February 2014

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