Top 3 Storage Trends for 2019

With 2019 fast approaching look out for these 3 top trends of the year.

1. Adopting all flash and NVMe

Whilst it is likely that flash will continue to dominate enterprise storage in 2019, emerging innovations are generating real excitement. One such innovation that we consider to be key is NVMe, developed to further maximise the benefits of flash-based storage. Looking ahead, the industry is anticipating NVMe-based solid-state implementations, with the expectation that these new storage offerings will overtake not only the more traditional solid-state…but possibly even the larger storage networks themselves. With prices expected to steadily come down it may soon be on cost parity with spinning disk. The combination of declining prices and increasing value of high performance workloads such as A.I and analytics is driving the rapid adoption of Flash based solutions.
NVMe will also expand within the storage industry as a high-performance protocol: in storage systems, servers, and storage area network fabrics. Protocol improvements with NVMe will drive consolidation by helping support more applications, workloads, and use cases across your IT infrastructure.

2. Making storage cloudy

In our daily conversations and engagements with customers and prospects alike we see the desire for a Cloud strategy, 95% of which will be based on a hybrid cloud approach i.e. high performance / non cloud ready applications still residing in the Datacentre and the rest being redeployed into a public cloud environment. This realises the best of both offerings from a commercial and technical perspective.

The latest technologies allow the transparent movement of data between both on and off premise solutions giving organisations greater control and agility.

Essentially the ‘cloud readiness’ of storage is about aligning the right storage to the right job, irrespective of how you’re deploying your cloud environment.

3. Embracing modern data protection

Modern data protection is realising the value that secondary data sets have to your business aside from the ability to simply restore in the event of data loss. Whist this is hugely important, gaining additional value from back up sets (including snapshots and replicas) through use for DevOps, analytics and test workloads further empowers your business and data that was traditionally seen purely as a cost centre can now be seen to deliver real business value. The addition of AI will begin to drive automation of many backup tasks to add further value to a traditionally labour-intensive area of IT. Whilst the use of AI is still in its infancy, the next 12 months will see improvements in its capabilities.