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DataCore 2024 Predictions: Charting the Course for Storage in an Increasingly Data-Driven World

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Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2024.  Read them in this 16th annual VMblog.com series exclusive.

Charting the Course for Storage in an Increasingly Data-Driven World

By Abhijit Dey, Chief Product Officer at DataCore Software

In today's digital era, data stands as a dominant and dynamic element, continuously generated from a multitude of sources and traversing through the core, edge, and cloud environments. The way businesses operate, the functionality of applications, and the inherent characteristics of data - particularly its exponential increase in volume and size - play a pivotal role in determining the methods and locations for data storage and processing. The concept of 'data gravity' is increasingly important, influencing storage needs based on where data processing occurs. The rise of AI and similar technologies further intensifies the demand for storage solutions that are both flexible and supportive of these sophisticated technologies.

To tackle these contemporary challenges, the idea of 'data buoyancy' is introduced, emphasizing the necessity for storage solutions that are composable in both design and functionality. The success in 2024 will hinge on storage systems' capability to adapt effortlessly across different environments and technologies, prioritizing agility and cost-effectiveness. With these considerations, we present our three predictions for the advancement of data storage in 2024, forecasting a future where storage developments are strategically tailored to meet the evolving needs of the data-centric world.

The Proliferation of SSDs and the Rise of Composable Storage

As we progress through the years, there has been a noticeable shift in the storage domain from traditional HDDs to SSDs. The year 2024 is anticipated to be the pivotal year where the deployment of new SSD and flash storage will surpass HDD installations for the first time. With SSDs demonstrating a more rapid growth in capacity than their HDD counterparts, the industry now faces the challenge of effectively integrating SSDs, ensuring smooth data migration, and maintaining efficient operations in environments that combine both SSDs and HDDs.

This trend towards SSD dominance represents not just a shift in storage technology but also signals a deeper transformation in storage infrastructure. The concept of composable storage, rooted in the idea of composable infrastructure, is emerging as a critical solution. This approach enables organizations to integrate new technologies seamlessly and without disruptions. It dynamically adapts and reconfigures during live operations to meet specific needs, offering enhanced flexibility and sustainability. As the adoption of SSDs increases, there will be a growing need for solutions that facilitate easy integration and operation in mixed storage scenarios, making composability an essential trait in storage. Composable storage addresses the issues of resource silos and underutilization prevalent in many businesses. In an era of rapid technological shifts, the ability to repurpose resources ensures businesses can adapt without overhauling their systems, leading to more agile and responsive operations.

Object Storage's Transformative Advancement: Embracing the Edge

Object storage, typically used in core and cloud environments, is adapting to the changing data landscape. It was initially designed for scalability and performance levels that surpass traditional file systems. As data grows in both volume and variety, the standard models of object storage are undergoing transformation. The concept of data gravity, where increasing data volumes attract applications and services closer, is creating a need for storage systems that can be deployed adjacent to these data-intensive applications. Edge computing pushes for decentrlized processing in remote or distributed locations, necessitating a storage solution that not only centralizes data but also stores, protects, and processes it at its point of origin.

Containerization is emerging as an ideal response to these challenges. By employing containerized object storage solutions, powered by Kubernetes, organizations can easily set up these services on individual servers or appliances in distributed locations. This shift enables data to be processed and stored near its point of creation, allowing businesses to access data more swiftly, reduce latency, and enhance operational efficiency.

The evolution of containerized object storage infrastructure is aligning with the dynamic data demands of today's world. The future likely holds an increase in the containerization of object storage services, offering unmatched flexibility in scenarios where real-time data processing and insights are vital to business success.

The Evolution of Container-Native Data Services: Adopting Enterprise-Level Solutions

The year 2024 is poised to witness a significant transformation in the enterprise technology landscape, driven by a substantial increase in the adoption of containers. This change is leading to greater agility, scalability, and efficiency in enterprise technology strategies.

As containers become more prevalent across various applications, from AI/ML model training to complex database systems, there is an increasing need for persistent and reliable storage providing enterprise-level data services. This evolving demand is catalyzing a move towards container-native storage solutions, designed to integrate smoothly with Kubernetes ecosystems and cater to the specific requirements of latency-sensitive and stateful workloads. Traditional storage solutions, which are not inherently container-native, are struggling to keep pace with these evolving needs, signaling a broader industry trend towards more mature and sophisticated data services in containerized environments.

Conclusion

As 2024 approaches, significant transformations are expected in the IT landscape. Paired with the call for sustainability, the surging adoption of SSDs is accelerating the shift towards composable storage. At the same time, object storage evolution catering to the edge and the emergence of enterprise-grade data services within container-native storage are key indicators of the evolving data ecosystem and its escalating requirements. These predictions highlight the urgency for innovative approaches in storage technology. As these trends continue to emerge, it's crucial for organizations to adapt and incorporate these advancements to maintain their relevance in what will be an increasingly data-driven future.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Abhijit Dey, Chief Product Officer at DataCore Software

Abhijit Dey 

Abhijit Dey is the Chief Product Officer at DataCore Software, bringing decades of experience in IT infrastructure product innovation. He is known for his expertise in the intersection of strategy, product management, and customer success. Prior to joining DataCore, he was the Senior Vice President of Product Management and R&D at Agari and Vice President of Engineering at Druva. His extensive background includes leading roles in software-defined storage, cloud-based backup, archival, enterprise vault, and analytics at both Veritas and Symantec Corporation, showcasing his ability to transform and lead in both large-scale and startup environments.

Published Monday, December 11, 2023 7:30 AM by David Marshall
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