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Let’s Forecast on Storage Device Trends for 2016


Data Storage in 2016

TechRepublic one of Internet’s top technology portals had recently conducted a survey to analyze technology trends for the year 2016.  They chose some prominent names in storage industry such as Hitachi Data Systems, Oracle, IBM, NetApp, and EMC. Most of their responses were quite similar, flash memory shall be reminded when hard disks go out. According to their predictions, old tapes can make a re-entry. It is good to examine some of their anticipations about this.


This American data management company’s focus towards flash memory is mainly because of one common fact- price cut. According to Lee Caswell, VP of services marketing of NetApp has something to say on this. “The first adoption of flash memories are largely influenced by their performance guarantee. But as the large enterprise storage companies realized the isolated performance that flash memory can be provided, sales of flash memory based devices began to raise consecutively. This made a great impact in cost cutting.”


No one can ignore Oracle’s superiority as a tape storage manufacturer. Still this company believes that there is enough room for tape drives in today’s scenario. It is certainly true while thinking about some aspects where some data need not to be accessed frequently. It is not ending by this. Finding good storage alternatives that offers cost reduction was always a tedious task. Who knows tape storage would come back with full potential?


In the opinion of Andy Walls, CTO of IBM, flash memory can supposed to dominate by 2019. He is also has bright expectation about cold storage techniques. Various cold storage vendors can take considerable measures to eliminate the defects of this technology and thus can make it faster and cheaper. It is what he saying.

Big Data Flash”, is the only storage technique that Evangelos Eleftheriou of IBM research has to say about. He says that this technology will be impact greatly in the cost reduction of flash storage to serve cloud areas. By the away, it can be a good choice in reducing the effective storage capacity.


But EMC’s senior vice president John Roese has something different to say. Whenever a new storage technology achieves a good base, it can cause other issues to industry which cannot be overcast. It can happen to any sort of techniques, not just storage sector. It is what John Roese has to say.