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Those working in storage might feel a little squeezed these days. The traditional dividing lines between storage and networking and even storage and compute are getting blurry. This trend towards convergence picked up pace in 2013. “The ability to leverage the same infrastructure to deliver a converged compute and storage infrastructure is gaining customers significant cost savings while also increasing performance of data intensive applications,” said Red Hat’s Rangachari. “Convergence is transforming the role of storage and bringing applications closer to data.”
Recovery, Not Backup
Backup is largely taken for granted these days. With backup windows no longer being the issue they once were, attention has moved on to recovery. And that has seen the arrival of cloud-based backup services, which fall under the umbrella of Recovery as a Service (RaaS).
Gartner believes this market is blossoming. Gartner’s John Morency estimates that RaaS will be worth $564 million in 2013, with a projected growth rate of 21% over the next three years.
The year 2013 may well go down as the year when most storage performance records were broken. Vendor after vendor announced the latest and greatest milestone. Most recently, Permabit announced that it broke the million IOPS inline deduplication barrier with its Albireo Virtual Data Optimizer (VDO) software.
“Today’s enterprises deploy high-end storage systems to increase the performance of mission critical and I/O intensive applications such as databases, virtual servers and virtual desktops,” said Tom Cook, CEO of Permabit. “While deduplication greatly reduces storage costs, the challenge up until now has been developing a deduplication algorithm that could run at the high-end of enterprise speeds.”
EMC was one of the big champions of the private cloud. And it appears that the concept is catching hold. According to a report by Technology Business Research (TBR), private cloud adoption has surged. In fact, the research firm believes it will grow to a whopping $69 billion in revenue by 2018.
TBR surveyed 650 cloud end users across the world and found that private cloud pickup was initially spurred by the need to fill gaps left by various public cloud initiatives. However, as organizations become more comfortable building their own internal clouds, this has led to a 29% increase of workloads run on private clouds.
“Private cloud has truly come into its own as a delivery mechanism that customers understand and are using to achieve the benefits of cloud where public options are either not available or viable,” said Allan Krans, an analyst at TBR.
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