Top Storage Predictions for 2016

The winds of change are shifting in enterprise storage.  Compared with our Tegile storage predictions for 2015, our predictions for next year indicate significant change, especially for flash arrays.

Review our top storage predictions for 2016.
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Flash will morph into a multi-tier technology
The precipitous drops in flash costs will enable flash storage systems to leverage multiple tiers of flash to break further the tension between performance and economics. In storage, we have always had media that is performance optimized and other media that is capacity optimized.

  • Before the flash wave started four or five years ago, we had 15K RPM and 7.2K RPM drives that left 10K RPM drives in no-man’s land.
  • The latencies and $/GB of those two drive speeds were dramatically different.

The same is happening in flash.  Flash arrays sitting on the PCI bus and memory bus in a DIMM form factor are dramatically faster than 3D and TLC media. We will see the enterprise flash market bifurcate in the same way.

Analytics will be a major differentiator for upstart storage companies
IoT (the Internet of Things) is here to stay — and it is a big deal in storage. Knowing how a system is behaving can eliminate downtime risk and make capacity planning much simpler than it has been in years past. Most of the quickly growing storage upstarts have a cloud-based analytics engine; these upstarts will continue to invest in additional functionality to differentiate themselves from incumbents.  We expect analytics to be a check box “must have” in the very near future.

Efforts by legacy players to modernize platforms will fail — and create opportunity for upstarts
Users will begin to discover that adding flash and post-process data reduction to legacy storage systems will not deliver the performance and economics of flash-centric systems.  Users’ next storage refresh will open significant opportunities for upstarts.  In response to storage upstarts that came into the market four or five years ago, incumbent storage vendors added me-too features to compete better in the changing market.  These implementations may have been good enough for one or even two technology refreshes, but will soon fall behind as customers discover how a flash-centric design can have transformative effects to their business.

Software defined storage (SDS) will continue to underperform
Compared with other software-defined technologies, such as networking, SDS will continue to underperform.Just as information life-cycle management (ILM) struggled to gain traction ten years ago, SDS is having a harder time than expected. I always like to say that “storage is easy until something breaks.” This is why we have not seen software-only storage solutions succeed. Gartner recently published a report exposing the complexities of a heterogeneous SDS environment. VMware’s Vvols show promise of managing VMs easier. This may make SDS even less attractive to IT managers.

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