Data storage technology has come a long way, from magnetic tape in 1928 to the wide array of cloud storage options available today. Hard drives, CDs, USBs, and other hardware-based storage proved to be cumbersome to use in a fast-paced world. There is now a need for more capacious and convenient ways to store data, developers have responded, and new services are emerging.
More businesses are turning to the cloud for a variety of services — including storage. The cost of cloud storage has gone down as cloud vendors continue to compete even more fiercely. Cloud-to-cloud backup is also becoming popular because it’s cheaper than using backup appliances and offers the advantages of off-site backup.
Software-defined Storage (SDS)
SDS focuses on services rather than hardware. Administrators can have flexible management capabilities through automated policy-based management. The software that runs an SDS environment can provide various functionalities such as replication, deduplication, and snapshots.
Who, in the past, would have imagined that a 3.5-inch form factor could contain approximately 60 trillion bytes of data? Seagate Technology, an American data storage company, recently unveiled its version of a 60TB serial-attached SCSI solid-state drive (SAS SSD) after Samsung introduced its own 15TB 2.5-inch SAS SSD. SSD vendors are now competing on how to further increase drive capacity and how to cram the highest density flash.
Nonvolatile Memory Express (NVMe) Specified Storage
Still in its infancy, NVMe technology is one of the hottest data storage trends in enterprise storage systems. It has a latency-lowering functionality that boosts performance. Real-time big data analytics is one type of workload that would require the high performance capability of NVMe. Market research firm G2M Inc. predicts that the NVMe market will grow to $57 billion by 2020.
The attraction of hyper-converged storage lies in its scalability, cost-efficiency, and data storage efficiency features. Various complex systems are housed in consolidated storage resources and run on hardware. Since data are fully integrated into the system, they are not easy to recover. A custom data recovery solution is then required to gain sector-level access to the data that needs to be retrieved.
Container storage is useful for persistent storage consumption, data protection, and portability. Mobile apps and analytics are ideal occupants of containers but development and testing remain the dominant container uses.
The object storage architecture writes data into self-contained entities called objects and gives each object a unique ID. Thus, text and video, audio, and photo files are all objects. This system can accommodate large chunks of data for a long period. It can also be used as an archive repository to unload backup appliances.
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