Predictions on the Future of Data Storage

IBM's Steve Wojtowecz, vice president, storage software development, and Clod Barrera, distinguished engineer and chief technologist, shared some observations about the future of data storage with us. "Data is growing beyond IT budgets' ability to provide storage to keep it in. At the same time, there is a strong desire to use data as a tool for business innovation while meeting regulatory requirements for data security, retention and access," they say. This means prioritizing massive amounts of different types of data, including "hot data" that is needed on a moment's notice, and "cold data" that may need to be stored due to government regulations. The data center now requires a mix of various storage technologies - solid state drives, flash, disk and tape storage - "to achieve the right mix."

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