How big data is changing the storage world

Emails, social media posts and comments, computing activities, tasks, messages, projects, correspondences, records, and more are being saved and accessed through various data storage by us on a day to day note. As a result we humans are accessing and generating a lot of data in a single day which we never could imagine.

All this means only one thing and that data is growing on an exponential note. There are more than a billion smart phones in the world, emitting 18 Exabytes of data every month. As more devices continue to connect to Internet of Things, sensors on everything from automobiles to appliances increase data output even more.

International Data Corporation predicts that by the year 2020, the amount of data will increase by a threshold, reaching a staggering 44 Zetabytes of data. The only logical response to contain this data deluge is to create more ways to store and maximize all this info.

So, this article will try to highlight and focus on four variable solutions which can technically solve the storage capacity woes.

The hybrid cloud

The craze for cloud culture has picked up to many folds in recent years and hybrid cloud storage is one of the result of a this fad created need. Users who use both on-site storage or hardware integrated to cloud qualify to be called as hybrid cloud storage users. This creates more value through a mash-up that accesses either kind of storage, depending on the security and the need for accessibility.

A hybrid cloud storage addresses common fears about security, compliance and latency that straight cloud storage raises. Data can be housed on-site or in the cloud, depending on the risk classification, latency, and bandwidth needs. Enterprises that choose hybrid cloud storage are drawn to it because of its scalability and cost-effectiveness, all amalgamated with the option of keeping erogenous data out of the public cloud.

All flash at peak

Storage companies are coming up with solutions where flash usage is being taken to next level, making it a real contender for large enterprises in the big data storage war. As flash makers are coming up with high capacities and that too at affordable prices, the adoption of the media by the storage appliance OEMs has increased in recent times. Those who cannot afford all flash appliances are going for hybrid storage appliances, which have a mix up of SSD and disc drives.

Software defined storage

Software Defined Storage(SDS) removes the need for cumbersome proprietary hardware stacks that are generally associated with data storage, and replaces them with storage infrastructure that is managed and automated by intelligent software, rather than hardware. SDS can prove more cost efficient, with faster response time, than storing data on hardware.

Additionally, SDS allows big data streams to be clustered facilitating search and the stream extraction of data combine to allow the processing of huge amounts of data, while simultaneously extracting the most frequent and appropriate outputs from the search. These techniques give Software Defined Storage a huge advantage over outdated storage models because they team up to improve speed while still achieving high levels of accuracy.

Cold storage archiving

Cold storage proves economical provided the data is not often used. By keeping less accessed data on slow moving and less expensive disks, space is freed up on faster disks for information that does need to be readily available. This option makes sense for large enterprises with huge amounts of data and that doesn’t need to be readily accessed on a regular note.

Such enterprises store their data based on its temperature, keeping hot data on flash, where it can be more quickly accessed and archived info in the cost effective cold storage archives. However, all the said deluge of big data means that enterprises are segregating so much data at once that knowing what is valuable and what can be put aside isn’t always clear.

Final word

Generation of big data is not going to stop in coming days and the only way to store it and get the right value out of it is to have a data storage which is fast, intuitive, effective, safe and cost effective. Therefore, future can only say which method can best address all these needs on a simultaneous note.


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