Data Storage Trends and Predictions for Year 2017

Summary: Wondering which trend will top the list of data storage technology in the ongoing year? Read on to know more.

What are the ways to be ahead of the competition? Differentiating? Segmentation? Product Positioning? Crowdsourcing? Well, they all are relevant to stay competitive in the diverse and always in the flux market. There’s another aspect as important as the others i.e. to keep one’s finger on the pulse of current and upcoming trends that will define the way you manage your business.

Everyone will agree on that, without a doubt. Information technology is ever changing, as soon as we blink, there’s already a new technicality in the sphere. With each passing day, it seems like technology is playing a bigger role in our lives. It has enabled us to accomplish the simple everyday task such as communicating, transferring of data, real-time data services, accessing information, carrying information etc. with ease.

Flashback to storage devices
Taking a look at high capacity hard drives, flash drives, pen drives etc. who would have predicted that storage devices will become one of the frequently used gadgets. The last few several years has witnessed a drastic change in the storage and security trends that it sometimes seems like technology has so much to offer to our requests. From Floppy disks to flash drives, everything changed rapidly, with new technology phasing out the old technology unloading new features and capabilities.

Access to the World Wide Web and other computerized applications, Internet of Things (IoT), frameworks, different management approaches, real-time conversations etc. have repeatedly led to the rise in the request for storage devices (SD Card / Memory Card / USB). Furthermore, communication technologies such as smartphones and mobile devices enabled us to have the privilege of real-time conversations.

We have seen the capacity of solid states drives jump up to 60TB, changing the definition of storage capacity. Implementation of data encryption and reliance on data has pushed for enterprise information security, hence, giving rise to security trends as well.
There has been an increase in the demand for hyper-converged storage and faster flash storage to provide high capacity. With that being said, let’s look at some of the storage devices trends that are likely to affect the market.

High storage capacity continues its ascent
As the tradition of storage media with higher capacity continues, organizations and individuals have taken a hybrid approach to boost the storage need with less power and low cost points.

So, without further ado, here is the list of storage trends and prediction for 2017:

  1. High Capacity Flash
    This will be the year of Flash drives. To provide higher storage capacity is the need of the hour. It is a ultra-portable storage device that fits right into your pocket but is capable of storing heaps of data.
  2. NVMe
    Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) is a logical device interface for accessing non-volatile storage media. It has been designed for low latency and internal parallelism to reduce overhead and enhance the overall performance of the system. It replaces slower hard disk drives where a lengthy delay in computer requests would decrease the optimization requirements.
  3. Object Storage
    Object-based storage manages the data as objects, on the other hand, other storage architectures manage data either within sectors or as a file hierarchy; therefore, allowing retention of massive amounts of unstructured data. This is the reason why it is a familiar term in the IT industry as it provides equal access to data and does away with file hierarchy. Moreover, it is used for storing songs on Spotify, pictures on Facebook, files on Dropbox etc.
  4. High-Converged Infrastructure (HCI)
    Converged Infrastructure is formed by grouping multiple information technology components into one to enhance the performance as well as optimization. It is becoming a mainstream technology as it is beneficial for small scale organizations that do not have the technical expertise or resources to manage separate infrastructure on their own.
  5. Cloud Storage
    It is not only caters to the request of storage capacity but to the security of the data as well. It is one of the security trends that is likely becoming the mainstream in securing data efficiently. Organizations are adopting it because of its capabilities to provide companies with extreme security features such as 256-bit AES encryption so that your data remains safe and that you can restore operation immediately even after getting affected by a ransomware attack, which has been the case recently.
  6. Solid-state Drives (SSD)
    SSDs continues to replace HDDs and is in demand to meet high-end storage requirements. The reason being, SSDs are faster, more reliable, offer more capacity as compared with HDDs. There is a shift from 2D to 3D NAND (with more layers) to get high capacities. SSDs have no moving mechanical components and that is what makes it different when compared to traditional HDDs which contains spinning platters. They have lower latency and access time and that’s what puts them on the list of storage trends.

We have another product line i.e. Hybrid drive or Solid-state hybrid drives (SSHDs) that combines the features of HDDs and SSDs.

Final Word
As the demand for higher storage capacities increases, we should also focus on the implementation of measures to comply with data integrity and security. Meanwhile, we enjoy high storage capacity, we should also push for information security as is the case of the recent ransomware attack. Therefore, it is imperative to enhance the performance and is equally likely to implement data security standards. These are the scenarios of storage trends, meanwhile if you lose data from any storage device you can come at Stellar Data Recovery.