Planning is an important piece of IT. Examine the elements of a storage plan, how to prepare and implement the document, and the benefits of having one
"While the approach for data storage may be simple, organizations need a formal plan.
A data storage plan addresses what gets stored, the location, when storage activities occur, who is responsible for management, how much data an organization stores, what it retains and destroys, and how storage takes place.
Read on for more details about these important pieces of a storage plan..."
Analysts were correct that overall spending was down through the end of 2020 due to the pandemic, but there is also a tremendous opportunity for 2021 because many investments weren't canceled, only delayed.
"Nobody can deny that the COVID-19 pandemic caused lasting effects on the global economy in 2020, and very few places felt the change more than the tech industry. 'Stability' and 'keeping business going' were the key mottos of the last year, especially when realigning IT spending during the pandemic. With a shift to a global remote workforce, more enterprises opted against full tech refreshes with next-generation servers and data centers and invested in new client workstations while enhancing existing data centers (more DRAM and SSDs) and cloud-based services..."
The amount of data worldwide grows by several billion terabytes every year because more and more machines and devices are generating data. But where will we put it all? Even in this age of IoT, HDDs remain indispensable.
"Data volumes have multiplied in recent decades, but the real data explosion is yet to come. Whereas, in the past, data was mainly created by people, such as photos, videos and documents, with the advent of the IoT age, machines, devices and sensors are now becoming the biggest data producers. There are already far more of them than people and they generate data much faster than us. A single autonomous car, for example, creates several terabytes per day.
Then there is the particle accelerator at CERN that generates 1PB/s, although 'only' around 10PB/month are retained for later analysis..."
Data, data everywhere, but where to put it all? Here's a rundown of five current and potential fast and high-capacity storage approaches
"As enterprises continue to stockpile massive amounts of information generated by people, businesses, vehicles, and a virtually endless list of other sources, many are wondering where they can store all of that data accessibly, safely, securely, and cost effectively.
The data storage business has changed significantly over the last five years and that transformation is continuing and broadening. The big difference today is that while storage used to be about hardware-related issues, such as solid-state drives, faster read/write speeds, and capacity expansion, the cloud and other storage breakthroughs have flipped the market to the opposite side..."
Spectra Logic, a leader in data storage and data management solutions, today announced the publication of its annual 'Data Storage Outlook' report, which explores how the world manages, accesses, uses and preserves its ever-expanding data repositories
"The sixth edition of the report predicts the data storage strategies, architectures and technologies that will enable the protection, management and preservation of historical, current and future data for generations to come.
Spectra's comprehensive 2021 Data Storage Outlook report provides forecasts for several data storage technologies, including flash, magnetic disk, tape, hybrid cloud, persistent memory and optical, along with a view into future technologies..."
In the coming months, data storage conferences are plentiful. This roundup details dates, sessions and topic areas, from event hosts such as SNIA, Dell and Pure Storage.
"(Virtual) conference season is heating up and storage features prominently on the calendar.
While conference season would normally mean thousands of flights and hotel rooms booked across the country and the world, the pandemic continues to shift events to a virtual format. Fortunately, as major conferences have been virtual for about a year now, organizations have started to figure out what works well and have had lots of time to plan for this different platform..."
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