A number of recent announcements highlight factors that could cause significant growth of open cloud storage to meet burgeoning unstructured data demand and better Internet traffic management. In addition, storage companies and other infrastructure vendors are collaborating and offering services to improve the consumer experience with their product.
Redhat points out that the growth of data stored is growing at a much faster rate the the growth of IT storage budgets. HDDs are becoming larger but $/GB declines are not as large as they were 5 or more years ago. They say that software for management and efficient use of storage is needed to fill the gap between demand and cost.
An OpenStack User Survey in April validated the expectations for storage capacity demand increases and showed that 68% of the participants believe that at some point, they will run out of budget allocated to storage. According to the survey only 1 in 3 participants feel that they are ready to cope with higher than petabyte-scale workloads. RedHat believes that storage software solutions that separate the control plan from the data plane will provide the agility and scale needed to handle these ever increasing storage workloads. As a consequence the softwerare defined storage market (revenue) is expected to increase 60% by 2020.
Movement of data is important to scale the use of cloud computing. Startup NS1 (who recently received a $20 Series B financing round) is working to upgrade the venerable Domain Name Service (DNS) that translates domain names to IP addresses. Its dedicated DNS product is a SaaS based approach to manage DNS and application traffic for public, private and hybrid public/private networks. Its Managed DNS service is a cloud-based intelligent DNS for application developers to improve speed, precision and control over Internet traffic. It also launched Pulsar, an advanced traffic management solution that leverages data from across the Internet to make real-time traffic routing decisions. Together these products could increase content delivery performance and thus the movement of data to and from connected storage systems. Together these products address an over $2 billion market.
Pure Storage says that it has expanded its collaboration with Cisco with an offering of an Enhanced FlashStack Converged Infrastructure offering. FlashStack is comprised of Cisco Unified Computing Systems and Pure Storage FlashArray and offered to support mission-critical and business-critical applications such as VDI deployments for up to 5,000 seats as well as applications with Oracle 12c.
Panasas and Western Digital are collaborating on using iRODS (Integrated Rule-Oriented Data System) rules based open source software for data discovery in life science research. The joint solution combines Panasas ActiveStor Astorage, the HGST Active Archive System and iRODS Data Management Software to create an easily managed, high-performance multi-tier storage infrastructure that accelerates and optimizes data access, simulations and data analysis for research organizations working to improve medical discoveries through bioinformatics.
Kaminario announced their K-Assured business guarantee program that provides assurances to customers regarding scale-up, maintenance and the life of the system SSDs.
Companies can often do more through strategic collaboration that leverages the individual contributions of the partners. These collaborations, combined with customer-centric storage management programs will advance the growth of cloud storage as well as solid-state storage.
This article was written by Tom Coughlin from Forbes and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.