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Top Technology Trends

By Janae Stow Lee, Senior Vice President of Strategy, Quantum
Thursday, May 14, 2015
By Janae Stow Lee, Senior Vice President of Strategy, Quantum
Quantum (NYSE: QTM) is an expert in scale-out storage, archive and data protection providing solutions for capturing, sharing and preserving digital assets over the entire data lifecycle. Headquartered in California, the company has a current market cap of $410.22 million.

  1. Flash Here – There – and Everywhere
    Flash has emerged as a key technology for storage in the 2010s. Whether you use it locally or network attached, as a device or in a storage array, with or without software optimization, it can offer tremendous advantages in improving performance (both latency and IOPS) for use cases from VDI to VM convergence to database. The challenge is – which type of flash solution and who's flash to pick? The market is so chaotic right now that sometimes figuring this out can be a real challenge.


  2. Demand for the Easy Button: Simplicity
    Customers have spoken – clearly – to say that data complexity (and storage administration cost) is out of control. In addition to raw data growth, mobile and sensor devices – 20 billion of them by the year 2020, according to IDC – are all generating new endpoints where data is getting created. Data is arriving in an increasingly larger quantity of objects to be indexed, with each object being bigger than it used to be, due to the availability of more granular data to collect. Continuously streaming data presents new and unique performance and availability problems. And all data needs to be maintained longer – in 2014 Gartner reported that archive times were definitely increasing, with the percent of customers keeping data more than two years expanding from 47 percent in 2011 to 59 percent by 2013. The only thing not growing is the administration budget.


  3. Data Awareness and Automation – The Future of Data Storage
    Beyond greater administration simplicity – the easiest administration is to require none at all. The industry has already seen two major announcements this year on a new trend called Data Awareness, a concept of automatically collecting intelligence about the users and the content they are storing in order to better manage the storage being used. Enterprise IT buyers are insisting that storage processes must not only be automated – they must also be business-aware, with the ability to link data placement and movement with data source, data type, user or organizational demographics and business process management. Again, all automated – including automation to the cloud.


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