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WekaIO 2021 Predictions: Looking Back While Moving Forward

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Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2021.  Read them in this 13th annual VMblog.com series exclusive.

2021 Predictions: Looking Back While Moving Forward

By Liran Zvibel, CEO and Co-Founder, WekaIO

One of the most interesting things about looking ahead is the fact that to know where you are going, you must know where you have been.  If we are going to have flying cars in the future, you must have a good understanding of both automobiles and aeronautics.  If we are going to establish a base on Mars, you have to leverage the knowledge you've gained in getting to the Moon.

The best guesses for the future lie in understanding predictive analytics.  And analytics rely on copious volumes of information to attempt to guess at what is coming next.  For the upcoming year - and the soon afterwards - data will remain king.  Data-hungry applications will continue to proliferate.  And data management strategies across information's entire lifecycle will be highly sought-after solutions.

For the year 2021, organizations will seek to adopt a modern storage architecture that solves today's biggest data-intensive problems.  They will look to high-performance computing solutions to satisfy their AI/ML workloads.  They will seek to migrate data to the most-efficient platform.  And they will move to a hybrid-cloud model because it has become a must-have vs. a nice-to-have option.

#1: Migration away from NFS for HPC workloads

Speeds and feeds have dominated the compute and storage landscape the past few years.  It has become a virtual arms race to provide the most IOPS, the most horsepower, the fastest processing.  With AI/ML, HPDA, and analytics workloads now dominating the enterprise, companies have come to realize that NFS cannot support these data-hungry applications.

Companies looking for new advanced technologies to gain a competitive advantage and improve their business outcomes will continue to move to a modern storage architecture that can handle the most demanding I/O intensive workloads and latency-sensitive applications at petascale.  They need solutions that allow them to maximize the full value of their high-powered IT investment - compute, networking, and storage.  This is especially true of organizations in the fields of manufacturing, life sciences, energy exploration and extraction, financial services, government & defense, and scientific research - all of which have found that NFS is no longer cutting it.

#2: Workload portability will be a requirement

While speed remains an important metric in HPC environments, more end-user environments will want to run their workloads in the most cost-efficient platform without compromising performance. Data continues to be a strategic asset for business and lifecycle management has increasingly become key.  Users will want to move their workloads easily and seamlessly with no user downtime to achieve the same application performance regardless of where the data resides.

As data volume grows, so too does the need for a unified storage solution that can manage data in a single, unified namespace wherever in the pipeline that data is stored.  Enterprises will continue to explore solutions that provide them with the utmost operational efficiency in managing, scaling and sharing data sets, with absolute operational agility by eliminating storage silos across edge, core and cloud.  A system that does this in conjunction with stateless containers best allows for data to be implemented wherever it resides for ultimate portability rather than requiring massive amounts of data to be ingested and acted upon.

#3: Hybrid cloud is no longer optional, it is mandatory

The cloud has been one of the past years' predictions that now serve as today's reality.  While organizations understood the importance of implementing a cloud-based strategy into their architectural decisions, limitations or concerns left it as an optional upgrade to traditional storage networks.  This is a nice-to-have option no longer.

Cloud computing was already seeing massive acceptance, but COVID accelerated companies cloud strategies. Hybrid cloud capability is no longer an option, it is mandatory. Customer must be able to move their workloads to the cloud for capacity planning and to satisfy bursty workloads.

By leveraging a cloud-native storage solution in conjunction with a fast file system, organizations can deploy end-to-end stack solutions that seamlessly run on-premises, in the cloud and burst between platforms.  While clouds, like AWS, have become an ideal platform to provide and agile compute environment for workloads requiring HPC to accelerate discovery, there will be an increase in the need for fast, scalable file systems to ensure applications never have to wait for data.

If 2020 has proven anything, it is that nothing is predictable.  But we have the ability to make informed decisions about the future.  With a team of industry experts with hundreds of years of experience, our team at WekaIO has walked the path that has helped us become a leader in the storage industry today.  We recognize that an innovative approach to storage management that moves organizations away from NFS to the cloud with portability of workloads from the core to the edge is where the future of storage management is and we're here to help ready our customers for liftoff.

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About the Author

Liran Zvibel 

As Co-Founder and CEO, Mr. Liran Zvibel guides long term vision and strategy at WekaIO. Prior to creating the opportunity at WekaIO, he ran engineering at social startup and Fortune 100 organizations including Fusic, where he managed product definition, design, and development for a portfolio of rich social media applications.

Liran also held principal architectural responsibilities for the hardware platform, clustering infrastructure and overall systems integration for XIV Storage System, acquired by IBM in 2007.

Mr. Zvibel holds a BSc.in Mathematics and Computer Science from Tel Aviv University.

Published Tuesday, November 17, 2020 8:01 AM by David Marshall
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