Creating a standalone high- performance storage solution is fairly easy to do these days in comparison to getting the solution to scale- up to meet the comprehensive needs of a modern business. Smart storage will scale without requiring a significant increase in operational costs and will provide considerable additional benefits such as below:
Active/ Active Replication
Active/ passive replication is no longer good enough to deliver the availability requirements of a modern 24×7 business, the next generation of business continuity solutions will be based around an active/ active architecture to enable:
Replicated Storage with Integrated Backup
This is tricky, as many organizations want an independent copy of the data rather than replicated snapshots for backup, but for customers who embrace snapshots, there are many benefits:
Unified Data Protection
For organizations that are looking for a more conventional approach to data protection ( i.e. not one based on snapshots), there are considerable benefits to deploying a unified solution:
Backup- free Content Platforms
Most people agree that archiving first has to be the way to go to resolve the challenge of having to backup more and more data, but archiving to a platform which still needs to be backed- up, does not entirely address the problem. This is where Content Platforms come in, they are a relatively newer and more efficient way to manage storage that provides many benefits:
Streamlined Management and Monitoring
Having all this technology is great, but it has to be easy to manage and monitor with the key expectations being:
Public Cloud Services
It is difficult to imagine that over the next 5- 10 years, most data centers will have disappeared and their applications, moved into the public cloud. On the other hand, the cloud is not likely to be obsolete and you can only see more use of cloud services over time.
One good example of this is to leverage cloud storage services, such as Amazon S3/ Glacier, along with an on- premise cloud storage gateway. This has all the same benefits as a Content Platform, but the data is held off- premise.
So nothing radical, but hopefully a good summary of many of the core infrastructure technologies that will become common place in many data centers over the next 5 years.
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