Active Archive: Top Five Data Predictions for 2014


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In this slidecast, David Cerf from the Active Archive Alliance describes five Big Data trends for 2014.

"2013 has been a breakthrough year for active archive deployments, and with shrinking IT budgets, exponential data growth, and longer retention periods, there are no signs of slowing in 2014. In fact, the current climate is driving the need for more cost-effective long-term storage solutions more than ever. The market has matured to a point where accessibility and performance are essential to long-term data storage, making 2014 the year active archives will become a more mainstream best practice. Members of the Active Archive Alliance – including Crossroads, Fujifilm, QStar, SGI, and Spectra Logic - have compiled their top five predictions for data storage as it relates to active archives in the year to come."

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Active Archive: Top Five Data Predictions for 2014

  1. 1. Rich Report Podcast Active Archive: Top Five Data Predictions for 2014 David Cerf Active Archive Alliance
  2. 2. Active Archive: Top Five Data Predictions for 2014 5. Active Archives Will Become Mainstream in Long-term Data Storage Environments. In 2013, the end user community gained a solid understanding of the differences between archive and backup and the value archives can bring to their storage strategies. With this foundation set, in 2014, active archives will increasingly become a top strategic purchasing intention of CIOs as they grapple with implementing cost-effective methods to store, retain and retrieve data.
  3. 3. Active Archive: Top Five Data Predictions for 2014 4. Increased Focus on Data Profiling. The use of rudimentary data profiling will become increasingly important for deploying effective storage management strategies. Understanding baseline file attributes for large data sets will be important for matching performance requirements to storage options. This will allow storage administrators to architect solutions that meet their specific storage requirements and unlocks the inherent benefits of an active archive strategy that results in real, hard dollar ROI.
  4. 4. Active Archive: Top Five Data Predictions for 2014 3. File-based Storage Solutions Will Remain at Center Stage. In the midst of new technologies, established technologies such as LTO-6 and LTFS (Linear Tape File System) will remain at the core – allowing tape to be used as low-cost NAS. As a result, tape's role in big data, cloud, HPC and other data intensive applications will continue to grow, and there will be a significant increase in archive solutions using LTFS and potentially the adoption of LTFS as a standard for tape storage.
  5. 5. Active Archive: Top Five Data Predictions for 2014 2. New Storage Technologies will Expand Roles and Gain Ground. In 2013, object storage established itself as the best new storage architecture to address the scalability challenges faced by industries in which storage is a major component of their business model. In 2014, we'll see expanded software intelligence that makes tape easier to manage, streamlined within the storage environment. New appliances that front-end tape will make it easier for customers to use low-cost tape, delivering the long-term reliability, access and protection promised by an active archive.
  6. 6. Active Archive: Top Five Data Predictions for 2014 1. Continued Growth of Unstructured Data. Despite diminishing IT budgets, unstructured data will continue to grow at an exponentially rapid rate. IDC has forecasted 80 Exabytes of storage needed for 2014, where 70 of these Exabytes (almost 90 percent), is expected to come from unstructured data. To meet this challenge, active archives and data tape technologies will play an increasing role as organizations seek innovative storage solutions that meet today’s storage demands where older storage technologies come up short.