Here are a few storage predictions for 2015. It will be interesting and exciting to see how this new year unfolds!!

Information Age takes a forward-facing look at the coming year and asks industry experts what they think is just around the corner for the storage world in 2015.see the future

Flexibility will be the biggest issue facing storage in the coming year – Sean Horne, CTO and senior director of enterprise and mid-range storage, EMC:

The biggest questions that IT decision makers will be making over the coming year will be: how do I deploy a platform that can deal with abrupt changes in the business landscape? Be that in scaling to large demands in storage, or delivering performance for next generation workloads? How do we deliver this flexibility at an affordable cost, without pushing the organization to take uncomfortable risks? And indeed, with the responsiveness required?

Organizations both scale up and scale out, and therefore, whilst storage needs to move with this change, it will be important to not let this disrupt the whole IT ecosystem. This will result in an increase in investments in developing hybrid cloud to give organizations the flexibility to direct workloads where they need to go, as they are needed.


Security and compliance will continue to dictate decisions around companies’ hybrid cloud setups – Sean Horne, CTO and senior director of enterprise and mid-range storage, EMC:

In my opinion, there are four types of control over organizational data that are needed: privacy, trust, compliance and security. For example, data centers have huge compliance requirements they need to adhere to, but the privacy of data, how it is stored and who has access to be, can be argued, is an emotional and subjective decision, between the company and its customers.

Understandably, many businesses are not comfortable with their private data sitting in a public cloud, so a degree of flexibility is needed to allow businesses to capitalize on the economies of public cloud without incurring undue risk.

Policy-based lifecycle management will be the answer to spiralling storage growth – Radek Dymacz, Head of R&D, Databarracks:

The key to reducing backup costs is good management and not applying blanket policies to all data. It’s about having the right retention and archive policies in place for the right data.

I think too many organisations struggle with data management because they regard ‘deletion’ as a scary word. No one really takes responsibility for corporate data or even knows who the ultimate owner is, so deletion is regarded as someone else’s job. As software becomes more integrated, we’ll have real-time, 360o visibility – storage decisions will be based on evidence and so ‘deletion anxiety’ will be less of an issue.


WAN optimisation will be the key to ensuring optimal data delivery – Everett Dolgner, director of replication product management, Silver Peak:

All the bandwidth in the world will not matter if packets are being dropped or delivered out of order due to congestion, as is often the case in MPLS and Internet connections.

To overcome these challenges and ensure optimal data delivery, organizations must establish a fully equipped network that will cope with the increased flow of traffic cloud storage initiatives bring. Failing to do so will result in an environment plagued by issues that will only lead to performance and business benefits being compromised.

Optimising the WAN can reduce over 90 percent of the traffic across the network and is key in providing the scalability needed to support all current and emerging applications.


We will see an accelerated move to software-defined storage Nigel Edwards Vice President, EMEA Sales and channel marketing HGST

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