2013: The Year of Data Management - Executive Viewpoint 2013 Prediction: Hitachi Data Systems

Hu Yoshida (Profile)
Tuesday, January 15th 2013

In 2012, businesses and consumers embraced the explosive growth of mobile devices and apps, cloud services, social technologies, and rich-content solutions. These innovations will continue to create diverse big data challenges for IT professionals, with big data expected to grow at astonishing speed and magnitude. With the increasing applications and technologies of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and big data analytics, petabytes will soon become the norm and even exabytes must now be part of a storage plan.

Indeed, in the coming year, a larger and larger percentage of IT budgets will be dedicated to data computation and management in addition to the even more complex task of data center management.

The Emergence of Enterprise Flash Controllers

Current solid state disks (SSD) are built with low-cost commodity controllers to manage the durability and performance of the flash media. Because these controllers have limited processing power, bandwidth, and memory, the durability, performance and capacity of flash SSDs is limited to about 400GB with a 5-year life, subject to a specified number of write/formats. This low capacity and limited durability makes it difficult to justify the cost of SSDs versus high performance disk drives.

In 2013, expect to see the introduction of flash controllers built specifically for enterprise storage systems to increase the durability, performance and capacity of flash memory. Flash modules with TB capacities and extended durability will make flash a cost-competitive alternative to high performance disk drives.

The Need for Object-Based File Systems

The growth of big data is mainly driven by unstructured data, which requires larger, more scalable file systems. Many file systems with rigid, hierarchical directory structures are not able to scale to the millions of objects and petabytes of storage that will be required in 2013.

Object-based file systems will become essential for solving these problems. An object-based file system provides a layer of abstraction between how the user accesses data and how that data is stored. This capability gives the file system more capacity, flexibility and efficiency in managing, storing, accessing and moving data.

More Tightly Integrated Converged Solutions

Another major data management trend we can expect to see more of in the coming year is the growth of converged solutions, which include server, storage, and network components in a pre-configured and pre-tested bundle. These solutions have gained a measure of acceptance due to their ease of acquisition and setup. However, most of the bundled solutions currently offered in the market require separate tools for managing server, storage and network components because they normally consist of products from different vendors.

In 2013, we will see the growing acceptance of unified compute platforms where the management and orchestration of server, storage, and network resources will be done through a single pane of glass to achieve an integrated, turnkey solution.

Reshape Your Information Strategy

It is important to remember that IT professionals are ultimately tasked with delivering returnable results such as reduced costs and enhanced efficiency. In 2013 these tasks must be achieved against the backdrop of a sluggish world economy.

By taking to time to ensure that they are making the most of their current infrastructure, enterprises are setting themselves up to successfully meet their data requirements in 2013 and beyond.