Market Needs Tailor-made Enterprise Storage Solutions

Anamika Sahu
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Anamika Sahu
Women love shopping, and I am no exception. I add numbers to clothes to my wardrobe every quarter. But by end of the year, I usually have to think to expand my wardrobe capacity to make more space for the new clothes. But in the act, I put my old clothes to expiry and store it separately in boxes at places that are nearly unreachable at the time of need. How good if instead of storing them separately, I could have stored them at one place by adding a new shelf or block to my wardrobe, or virtually store somewhere that's just at a hand's distance.

The case is no different when it comes to data storage. With data expected to grow to a whopping 40 zetabytes by 2020, the change is coming fast to enterprise storage, placing greater than ever stress on IT environments. While most of these data is unstructured coming from sources such as audio, video, emails, digital images, social networking data websites and with IoT on rise, the sensors are going to play a huge role. The traditional method of managing file, block and object storage independently is expensive and complex, especially given the cascade of this unstructured data.

This deluge has pushed some enterprises to replace their separate file and block solutions with unified storage systems that can manage structured and unstructured data on a common platform. But this approach has a dark side to it. Not all unified storage systems are created equal; hence to make the transition to unified communication smooth and successful, the solution needs to be tailor-made and combine virtualized storage, intelligent file testing, non-disruptive migration, a unified management interface and nearly 100 percent availability guarantee.

Finding such provider might be a Herculean task, hence in this issue, we bring to you the '20 Most Promising Enterprise Storage Companies - 2016' who will fill-in the void if any. Hope your efforts serve the purpose.

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