Hot technologies for 2011


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If you don't have at least one of these six hot technologies in your 2011 plans, it might be time to go back to the drawing board.

By Andrew Burton, Rich Castagna, Todd Erickson, Megan Kellett, Sonia Lelii, Dave Raffo and Carol Sliwa

Each time we present our Hot Technologies special coverage, we're quick to point out how our definition of "hot" may differ from others' interpretations. We think of technologies that are mature enough to be real data center alternatives but have yet to make it into the storage mainstream. So whether you consider yourself an early adopter or an inveterate skeptic, our Hot Technologies list has something for you.

Putting efficiency back into storage management has been a mantra at many companies for the last couple of years, and automated storage tiering is poised to be one of the keystone efficiency technologies as it makes quick work of putting data in its proper place. Similarly, multiprotocol storage arrays can be far more cost effective than those one-trick pony single protocol systems that are beginning to seem oh-so old fashioned.

With annual data growth typically at 50% or higher, most companies should be interested in taming their network-attached storage (NAS) sprawl with the new breed of scale-out NAS systems. And capacity-conscious storage managers will look to data reduction for primary storage for some relief in the coming year.

Virtualized servers

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have been a boon to the systems side of the house, but a bane for storage managers. With VMware in the lead, hypervisors offer new hooks that will make configuring storage for virtual machines (VMs) and backing them up much easier and more reliable.

A new concept has crept into the storage conscious: Why buy when you can rent what you need when you need it? That's the basis of cloud storage services and, if our research proves right, they're ready to take their place as viable alternatives to more traditional data storage infrastructure alternatives.



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This was first published in December 2010

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