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We here share the news and facts we consider significant in 2021, winners in terms of companies, products and technologies.

We select and aggregate information to build a list of 12 items:

1. Several major disasters and outages for cloud providers with the OVHcloud scandal or several outages at AWS, Azure and Google, confirming that the business continuity, even for cloud-based services, have to be considered seriously for business critical applications. Signing a contract doesn't prevent an impact, it just gives responsibility to others but effects and consequences are still on you, so multi-clouds and multi-geos should be systematically adopted...

NVMe 2.0 added several features for storage administrators to consider, including domain support. The specification also made enhancements, such as to Endurance Group Management.

The NVMe 2.0 specification, published in June 2021, introduced changes to improve performance and to support new uses of NVMe.

While NVMe originally supported only block storage, which was the way that storage had always worked in the past, NVMe 2.0 provides two Command Set upgrades to add Zoned Namespaces (ZNS) and Key Value support. The specification also now supports three Transport specification upgrades for PCIe, Remote Direct Memory Access and TCP.

Data Protection: What Needs To Be Protected?
SecurityIntelligence, January 3rd, 2022
Where is your organization's data? From global data centers to PCs to mobile apps, data is strewn all over the place. So how do you protect it all?

You can't encrypt everything, right? It's too expensive and time-consuming. Even the most stringent regulations don't demand that level of data protection. For example, GDPR focuses primarily on personally identifiable information (PII). Still, you also want to protect your intellectual property from a data breach.

How can businesses determine which data needs to be protected? What is a data security strategy built upon? And what are some best practices to help avoid a company data breach? Let's find out.

2021 Storage Facts And 2022 Predictions, January 6th, 2022
Here are 2021 storage facts and 2022 predictions by Tim Klein, president and CEO since 1988 of Atto

1: FC is thriving: Mainstream FC products have been with us for nearly 30 years and despite some declaring it a dying connectivity technology, activity in the FC market throughout 2021 has been extremely healthy. FC continually lives up to its well-earned reputation of reliability and stability with predictable high-performance and a flexible protocol stack. In addition to more traditional deployments, FC is proving to be effective in networked NVMe storage. NVMe over FC could become a strong alternative to NVMe-oF as system builders look for the best way to utilise NVMe over networks.

Analysts Predict Cloud Storage Trends For 2022
SearchStorage, January 6th, 2022
Cloud storage vendor competition will heat up in 2022, with new managed services, support for hybrid deployments and persistent storage services, industry experts predict.

"As another year of operating against a COVID-19 backdrop begins, storage admins will have to continue to find ways to support remote work models and add combinations of cloud and on-premises infrastructure to maintain access to important workloads.

In 2022, storage vendors will try to address those pain points by supporting the development of hybrid infrastructure..."

The exponential growth in the amount of data that needs to be stored will force changes in 2022 - including the need to delete non-essential data.

In 2022, the burdens of enterprise data management will continue to expand, driven largely by rising data growth, as well as emerging trends ranging from DataOps and CloudOps to the increasing need to protect data.

The following are a few of the more significant steps we'll see in the evolution of data management in 2022.

Intel and Samsung each accounted for about 35 per cent of enterprise SSD capacity shipped in 2019's third quarter - but now Samsung has a market-dominating 53.6 per cent share while Intel's has dropped to 15.2 per cent.

These numbers come from analysts at TrendFocus ands Wells Fargo, and were revealed to subscribers by Wells Fargo analyst Aaron Rakers in an article about Micron's prospects with its current 5.6 per cent share. We see that Samsung ships more enterprise SSD capacity than all the other suppliers combined, and a pie chart shows Samsung and the six dwarfs in this market:...

Seagate Exos X20 20TB Enterprise HDD Review
StorageReview, January 7th, 2022
Offered in capacities up to 20TB, the Exos X20 is Seagate's (and the industry's) highest-capacity 3.5-inch enterprise hard drive.

This CMR-based drive is targeted at cloud datacenters where it directly competes with the Western Digital Ultrastar DC HC560. We found lots to like about the Exos X20, including helium sealing, a 2.5M-hour MTBF, and a five-year warranty. But our testing showed it lags noticeably behind Seagate's own IronWolf Pro 20TB NAS HDD, which we didn't expect since the drives are practically identical on the hardware side.

Storage Tiering Market, January 6th, 2022
Storage tiering is nothing new. However, the new trend is around different tiers of SSD, from high performance write optimized to lower cost, higher capacity, and less frequently accessed to support for different tiers and types of application data needs, said Greg Schulz, analyst with StorageIO Group.

While SSDs are popular, HDDs and tape continue to be relevant as part of the larger storage hierarchy as different tiers to meet expanding data growth. Despite the wishes and prognostications by some, no one storage media or medium today, or at least for the next several years, will be able to support all storage needs in a cost-effective manner.

Another continuing trend is that different tiers of storage devices and media are being moved to different locations. For instance, HDD or tape may no longer be in an on-premises environment, yet they may in fact be in use as part of some other solution where they are in the background. The big cloud providers, for example, use tape in their lower or archive tiers.

Thus, tiering is generating big growth in storage tiering. The tape market is expanding as are the markets for SSD and HDD. Users have realized that all tiers and formats remain important and that they all play a role in finding the right mix of performance and capacity.

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