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Nasuni Prediction: Storage in 2013 - The Rise of Disposable Devices


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Contributed article by Andres Rodriguez, CEO of Nasuni

Storage in 2013: The Rise of Disposable Devices

To know what's coming for enterprise storage in 2013, one must paradoxically look back a year or two. Specifically, one must look back at technology advances in consumer technologies. Because, in the same way that enterprise client-server followed the consumer personal computer revolution, enterprise storage will need to support a wide range of mobile devices from Apple, Android, and Microsoft. Just as cloud storage has made these devices more powerful, so it will for the enterprise storage.

Employees, including upper level managers, love these devices so much, they aren't waiting for the enterprise to issue one. Increasingly, they're bringing their own gadgets from home and either expecting IT to support it or, even worse, finding ways to integrate them into the enterprise infrastructure without IT's participation. These new mobile devices transform the relationship between data and devices, because the data no longer lives on the device. Instead, it is virtualized and made available via Web services from giant providers like Amazon AWS. Expect a rapid demand for similar corporate data services to support a new breed of mobile applications.

Except for the aspect of cost (as many of these devices can be pricey), modern mobile devices are essentially disposable. A modern mobile device can be lost or damaged with minimum to no risk of data loss. It can access data sets well beyond their capacity. It can synchronize changes with other devices. Today's users never actually migrate anything from old mobile devices. Instead, they simply resynchronize new devices with their data services. The data always feels local and immediate, but it never is truly in the device. Mobile devices have managed to incorporate cloud as a component.

Corporate users have come to expect a great deal more than access to email and calendar from their mobile devices. Consumer applications, like Dropbox, have set a high bar for access to data. End-users expect to be able to reach their files immediately from any computer regardless of whether it sits on their desk or inside their pocket. They expect online and offline access to their files and that any change they make is synchronized across all of their devices. As a consumer, the end user is at the center of the device and data universe.

Enterprise storage systems will follow this path. The gold copy of data will live in the cloud, which (in the best clouds) is far more resilient than any enterprise storage infrastructure and is available anywhere. In this way, storage controllers become "disposable," meaning that, if one goes bust, all one need do is swap in a new one. No data is lost, and users have access to their data almost immediately.

This functionality has already been widely deployed in the consumer world. Its enterprise version already exists and is just beginning to enter the data center. Those who want to know what the future of the corporate data center looks like, just look at the consumer space. The future is there already.



About the Author

Andres Rodriguez brings to Nasuni the energy and experience of a visionary entrepreneur with several successful companies behind him. He oversees sales, marketing and strategic partnership development—and is the face of Nasuni.

His previous company, Archivas, developed an enterprise-class cloud storage system and was acquired by Hitachi Data Systems in 2006. As founder, CTO and charismatic frontman at Archivas, Andres was a key force in sales, partner development and marketing and oversaw all technology initiatives. After the acquisition, Andres became Hitachi’s CTO of File Services, supporting the worldwide rollout of the Archivas-based Hitachi Content Archive Platform (HCAP). Having seen his team and product successfully integrated with its acquirer’s, Andres turned his attention to his next venture, which, with its goal of making the benefits of cloud storage more accessible to the enterprise, was a natural progression from his last.

Andres has a bachelor of science in engineering and a master’s in physics from Boston University. He holds several patents for system designs.

Published Tuesday, December 11, 2012 7:05 AM by David Marshall
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