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StorMagic 2020 Predictions: How the 'Edge-olution' will Evolve the Storage Market

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Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2020.  Read them in this 12th annual VMblog.com series exclusive.

Contributed by Bruce Kornfeld, General Manager - Americas, StorMagic

How the 'Edge-olution' will Evolve the Storage Market

As 2019 comes to a close, one important industry trend is clear: more data is being created at the edge than ever before. IT continues to find that it is more efficient and cost-effective to process and manage data at the location that it's being generated. This mass movement away from expanding corporate datacenters and public clouds is reshaping and transforming the storage landscape.

Here's a list of 2020 market predictions that StorMagic envisions based on this "Edge-olution":

  1. Stemming from yesterday's Big Data craze, Artificial intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) mature, and remain hot topics. AI and ML spikes and fuels global data explosion and the need for storage. Both consume data from various different sources and attempt to correlate and identify patterns in disparate data sets, creating data upon data.
  2. Smarter management tools emerge to administer the edge environment of tomorrow. Solution simplicity and speed are the top requirements for staff managing hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands of edge locations.
  3. High availability and security requirements soar at the edge due to regulations, and to avoid downtime impact. As edge computing technologies continue to mature, datacenter class features like encryption with key management, fault tolerance and five nines of availability, are now demanded in edge offerings. 
  4. Blockchain use cases evolve. As blockchain becomes more mainstream, its potential impact on edge computing could be massive. Edge locations require new ways of handling security, management and data protection due to the massive number of sites that now require IT attention. Blockchain is a natural fit to help solve these issues because of its distributed nature and the ability to leverage a massive number of instances to track information without dependence on a central location. This could dramatically change the way IT manages edge computing sites.

Of the above, AI and ML will have the greatest impact on the configuration, requirements and functions for storage at edge computing sites in the coming 12-18 months. However, blockchain is quite an interesting concept that could have a tremendous long-term impact on IT. Edge computing is here to stay due to the "real-time" nature of business around the world and the need to process data where it is created. IT departments will continue to look for ways to cost-effectively deploy, protect and manage these edge solutions in 2020 and beyond.

What changes do you envision at the edge in 2020? Follow us, @StorMagic, on Twitter to continue the discussion.

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About the Author

Bruce Kornfeld 

Bruce is an experienced technology executive who has held leadership roles in marketing, alliances and business development in the storage, server, networking and software industries. He joined StorMagic in 2017 as CMO, and today serves as general manager of the Americas, where he is responsible for the Americas region sales and go-to-market strategy, as well as global strategic alliances and marketing. Prior to joining StorMagic, Bruce held marketing leadership positions at Compellent, Dell and NCR. He helped Compellent grow its revenue from $9M to more than $150M, which led to their IPO and eventual sale to Dell for $960M, and was instrumental in building and growing Dell's first storage division to over $1bn.
Published Wednesday, October 09, 2019 7:33 AM by David Marshall
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