IT News - Storage

A focus on the actual business requirements from storage infrastructures, and not on the legacy discussions about speeds and feeds, the names on the bezels, and where the data is actually located, will characterize the storage industry of 2021 and beyond.

"The storage, management, protection, and valuation of data is and will continue to be a critical function of IT well into the foreseeable future - that is not in doubt," notes Joseph F. Kovar in CRN.

"Businesses will continue to collect data at an ever-increasing rate, and need new ways to find information from that data while keeping it available and safe. However, going forward, many of the technology details of data storage will be of increasingly less importance, while the discussions around business value will boom. Just like no one talks about SAN vs. NAS, business users soon will not look at 'on-prem vs. cloud' or 'NetApp vs. Pure Storage.' Instead, storage decisions are increasingly being made based on what the businesses need to grow their business and generate profits, and not where and how the data is stored..."

Enterprise storage drives continued to push the limits of performance and capacity in 2020, with fast new PCIe Gen 4 SSDs at 30 TB and energy-assisted HDDs at 20 TB

"High-performance PCIe 4.0 SSDs are soaring past 30 TB," notes Carol Sliwa in SearchStorage, "and spinning hard drives are hitting 20 TB for a cheaper alternative to cope with the escalating growth of data as 2020 draws to a close.

Chip manufacturers also continued to push the envelope with denser 3D NAND flash that can help users lower the cost per bit and reduce their storage footprints. Micron unveiled its 176-layer 3D NAND in November at the Flash Memory Summit, although it disclosed no timeline for availability. In December, SK Hynix announced that it provided controller companies with samples of its 176-layer, 512 Gigabit triple-level cell (TLC) flash, which it calls '4D NAND' ..."

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