Today, the value of the data generated from the rapidly expanding universe of interconnected devices is immense. As each of these devices generate exponentially more data year over year, the ability to efficiently store and make that data instantly retrievable becomes more critical. And potentially more difficult.
In the office, at home and on the go, millions of network nodes are projected to increase enterprise data by 30% per year, according to Gartner, totaling 12 million petabytes of mostly unstructured data by 2030.
This data resides in file, block and object storage repositories with wholly different characteristics. And it now can be found from the data center core to the edge to clouds.
Block storage for enterprise databases where performance is key, according to Devon Helms, director of product marketing for storage services at Nutanix.
“File storage for end user data is structured into directories,” he said. “Object data for large pools of data need to be accessed by applications directly.”
The question of how to make all of this data readily available for services and applications has motivated a new approach to storage that goes beyond rigid, legacy, siloed storage architectures. As workloads move between the network core on-premise to hybrid and multicloud environments and the network edge, a simplified, unified storage environment – one that is readily available for applications and users – is desperately needed to better manage and monetize all of this data.
It’s called unified storage.
The 5-Year Storage Plan is Obsolete
Organizations using legacy storage plan for their needs 3 to 5 years into the future and purchase all of that capacity on day 1, explained Helms.
“Integrating new storage for workloads is disruptive and not having the storage you need when you need it can bring workloads to a halt,” he said. “So purchasing for the future makes sense with legacy storage systems. Organizations also purchase storage to meet current and future performance and feature needs. This often leads to overprovisioning as a buffer in case of future changes in needs.”