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SUSE 2019 Predictions: Data Explosion & Storage

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2019.  Read them in this 11th annual series exclusive.

Contributed by Michael Dilio, Product and Solutions Marketing Manager at SUSE

Data Explosion & Storage

Industrial IoT, smart cities and wearables are bringing together and producing more sophisticated data than ever before. As we kick off 2019, this data explosion will drive an even greater need for skilled storage professionals. In addition to the need for new storage professionals, we will also see flash storage and security take center stage for many IT teams. Here are some predictions to keep in mind as we head into the new year:

Foundations Will Be the Answer to Attracting New Storage Talent: In 2019, vendors will start to partner with more foundations as a way to attract new talent. The recently created Ceph Foundation is an example of that. The Ceph Foundation plans to add additional support to the Ceph Open Source project community, provide funding and a budget to help accelerate awareness, support the community infrastructure, events, inclusiveness and diversity programs (think: travel assistance, scholarships, etc.), really revolutionizing the Ceph community overall. By tapping into a foundation, they can find individuals that are engaged and devoted to IT storage and can work on strengthening their overall data management systems, as well as the Ceph community.

Flash storage & data explosion: While the proliferation of data is nothing new, the volume of unstructured data and the way in which it is managed is. Additionally, many enterprise IT teams are moving to hybrid-environments that have on-prem systems and cloud environments, creating additional challenges for these teams. In 2019, more companies will adopt software-defined storage (SDS) to address the performance and availability challenges caused by the data explosion. One of the biggest advantages of SDS is automation which self-manage themselves. The system sends professionals alerts when a changes  occur in the environment.

Security and Storage: The implementation of compliance standards like GDPR is having a major impact on the storage industry. The security landscape is continuously changing and evolving as cybercriminals continue to find new ways to steal what's most valuable to them: data. Storage professionals must now toe the line between IT and security, ensuring they have a mix of skills and an understanding of what both departments need to be successful. As IT and security grow closer, new jobs are developing and roles are being created specifically to oversee data governance and policy. In addition to job creation, the marriage of security and IT may result in policy changes as well. In 2019, we can expect to see more discussion around a "U.S. GDPR."

In the year ahead, we'll certainly see changes and growth to the way we manage data storage. If storage professionals are prepared to address new standards such as GDPR, develop  talent and adopt new technology to address the changing data landscape, we'll be ready to tackle the future of data explosion.


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Michael Dilio, Product and Solutions Marketing Manager at SUSE

Published Wednesday, January 16, 2019 10:01 AM by David Marshall
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