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Reduxio 2017 Predictions: Containers, Hybrid IT and Faster Networking

VMblog Predictions 2017

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Contributed by Jacob Cherian, product vision and strategy, Reduxio

Containers, Hybrid IT and Faster Networking

2016 was a huge year for storage. However, 2017 will be even more important as companies struggle to manage their infrastructure as data continues to grow.

The companies that haven't already sensed this shift will do so in 2017 with renewed urgency as they see their competitors gain a strategic edge through modernization of their infrastructure, seeking new opportunities to innovate their application and infrastructure architectures.

At Reduxio, we prioritize innovation to offer our customers the best storage solutions for their business needs. Below are the four key storage trends that we feel will have an impact on the storage market and infrastructure in the year ahead.

Containers: Increasing deployment and adoption

2016 saw data technology companies - legacy and startups - beginning to launch products that make it easier to create and manage storage for containers. Containers that were primarily deployed for dev ops environments will see growing adoption in production environments as customers rearchitect legacy monolithic applications or build new applications using microservices architecture based on containers to realize flexibility and velocity that was not previously possible.

The move from dev ops to production environments introduces the need for data persistence and data recovery when there are issues. Companies will be looking to vendors that have the necessary innovative features that will allow them to reduce the time window for the loss of data to complement the rapid recovery capability inherent to containers and microservices architecture - demanding faster recovery up to a second before an issue.

Hybrid IT: Seamless Transition

IDG's recent Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey 2016 predicts that by 2018, the typical IT department will have less than half of their apps and platforms residing within on premise systems.

In today's digital economy, it's clear that using a combination of on premise and public cloud infrastructure will provide the best balance of performance, flexibility, and cost. As businesses transition to utilizing hybrid IT they risk creating silos of capability unless infrastructure is properly planned. In 2017, vendors will provide increasingly sophisticated tools and solutions that will help customers to create a seamless IT infrastructure across on premise and public cloud resources and simplify the management of their hybrid infrastructure.

Faster Networking:

Fast networking and low latency interconnects enabled increased adoption of 40/100Gbe Ethernet and RDMA enabled network end-points will increasingly break down the traditional boundaries of server, network and storage. Companies will need to navigate these new boundaries and created partnerships that will allow them to deliver flexible and scalable IT infrastructure. For storage this will allow data access to be decoupled from the location of data, and enable efficient data management solutions based on classes of service breaking down the silos created by different classed of storage.

Solid State Media

Reduction in the cost of flash through increasing density and production of 3D Triple-level cell (TLC) NAND and expected arrival of 3D Quad-level cell (QLC) NAND will see some of the data, especially archival, starting to move from HDDs to flash based SSDs. At the same time the arrival of 3D XPoint will mean that flash will no longer be the fastest tier 1 storage. Other similar technologies will relegate flash to lower tiers.


About the Author

Jacob Cherian is responsible for Reduxio's product vision and strategy. Jacob has overall ownership for defining Reduxio's product portfolio and roadmap. Prior to joining Reduxio, Jacob spent 14 years at Dell in the Enterprise Storage Group leading product development and architectural initiatives for host storage, NAS, SAN, RAID and other data center infrastructure. As a member of Dell's storage architecture council he was responsible for developing Dell's strategy for unstructured data management, and drove its implementation through organic development efforts and technology acquisitions such as Ocarina Networks and Exanet. In his last role as a Dell expatriate in Israel he oversaw Dell's FluidFS development. Jacob started his career in Dell as a development engineer for various SAN, NAS and host-side solutions, then served as the Architect and Technologist for Dell's MD series of external storage arrays. Jacob was named a Dell Inventor of the Year in 2005, and holds 30 patents and has 20 patents pending in the areas of storage and networking.

He holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Electrical Engineering from the Cochin University of Science and Technology, a Master of Science (M.S.) in Computer Science from Oklahoma State University, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

Jacob Cherian 

Published Wednesday, December 28, 2016 7:03 AM by David Marshall
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