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Scality 2018 Predictions: Multi-Cloud, GDPR and Metadata, Oh My!

VMblog Predictions 2018

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2018.  Read them in this 10th annual series exclusive.

Contributed by Giorgio Regni, CTO, Scality

Multi-Cloud, GDPR and Metadata, Oh My!

With the end of the year comes a round of tech predictions for the next. The data storage space is growing, nearly doubling every two years. With GDPR set to take effect in the near future, organizations will have to change the way data is stored and managed. In addition, there will be significant technological advances within multi-cloud and software-defined storage that will shape the industry for years to come.

Multi-cloud data storage will gain traction driven by cloud independence, price advantages and better protection of data across clouds. IT organizations are changing, they're becoming multi-cloud service organizations, using private and public cloud to accelerate their business. Data is a critical asset and companies must always be in control of your data.

As companies move to multi-cloud then IT will need strong controls on the data management and user management across clouds. A new Data Control Layer will emerge which can add governance and assurance capability to the data for enterprise businesses - ensuring secure encryption, access control and rich metadata services across multi-cloud environments.

We'll witness the rise of metadata. Traditionally, enterprises have stored data through Network Attached Storage (NAS) or Storage Area Networks (SAN) arrays. These technologies have been built to fit a need where the application and the data where closely integrated and generally running on the same hardware rack. In 2018, we'll see the rise of metadata where storage arrays store both the data itself and interesting metadata about that data. For example, Healthcare Electronic Medical Records (EMR systems), want to store with the data identifiable information like Patient Name, Address, Demographics etc. Metadata is the key to this. We will be seeing growing usage of data management via metadata for industries like Healthcare, Financial, Media/Entertainment. The metadata will be indexed and searchable as part of the data storage layer.

Software-defined storage will cross the threshold, with more storage capacity will be delivered as software-defined storage versus traditional storage appliances. Over the last few years, software-defined storage has been growing faster than traditional appliance based storage. In 2018, this will finally overtake traditional storage and more capacity will be managed as software-defined storage.

There's a few main drivers for this: Maintaining an always-on system, on-demand scaling and hardware flexibility to lower cost. Companies will take advantage of the freedom and flexibility to mix and match hardware generations and vendors, for more cost-effective procurement.

Look for the last days of the storage administrator as application-driven takes over. DevOps is now commonplace and as companies build applications they design into those applications the ability to control the infrastructure. This will mean that the traditional storage administrator will start to disappear. Cloud Storage (in the private or public cloud) provides the API driven controls to manage data by the applications (e.g. the hugely popular Amazon S3 API) and those cloud storage offerings automate many of the previous tasks of a storage administrator.

This will be the year of the convergence of object storage and analytics. Today, people are adopting more object storage for their hundreds of terabytes to petabytes of storage capacity needs. Moving this data outside of the storage to be analyzed is inefficient. Instead you will see the embedded of analytic layers into the storage technologies. Object storage vendors will take the lead in this space.

Privacy regulations like GDPR will require data to be always-on and available leading to the death knell of the offline tape. With GDPR, data must always be accessible, easily indexed and rapidly accessed. This simply is not possible with traditional offsite tape. The traditional bulk data backup via tapes and trucks will finally disappear.


About the Author

Giorgio Regni 

As Scality's co-founder and CTO, Giorgio Regni oversees the company's development, research, and product management. He is a recognized expert in distributed infrastructure software at web scale, and has authored multiple U.S. patents for distributed systems. Prior to Scality, Giorgio was a co-founder and VP of Engineering at Bizanga, where he developed anti-abuse software that still protects hundreds of millions of mailboxes across the world.

Giorgio holds an engineering degree in computer science from INSA (Institut National des Sciences Appliquées) in Toulouse, France. He is also an accomplished hacker and developer. In his spare time, Giorgio has created mobile phone applications that are currently in use by an installed base of more than 2 million people. On an artistic note, Giorgio is a skilled electric guitar player, drawing his inspiration from guitar legends like Joe Satriani and Steve Vai.

Published Monday, November 27, 2017 7:14 AM by David Marshall
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