Today, enterprises are creating and storing more information than any other time, and the pattern hints of backing off. The ascent of huge information, analytics, and the IoT (Internet of Things) everything is adding to the exponential information development. This increase is driving associations to extend the infrastructure, especially data storage.

Even, the fast development of data storage technology and data is the largest factor bringing the change in the IT infra, as indicated by the study of Interop ITX and InformationWeek 2018 State of Infrastructure. Around 55% of study respondents pick it as among the main three variables, far surpassing the need of integration with cloud administrations.

For a while, enterprises are dealing with the instant data growth; however reaching a slanting point, said Scott Sinclair (Senior Analyst, ESG) in the interview.

He said, “If you opt for 20 terabytes out if 100 terabytes, then it is a phenomenal growth; though, as per the view of management, still it is in the similar operating process.” Further, he added, “However if you opt for 10 to 20 petabytes, so then you should begin taking an essentially different infrastructure’ scale.”

Furthermore, at present, the companies witnesses the data power and understand the requirement to send data online in order to stay competitive, said Sinclair.

In order to support the digital strategy, enterprises are planning to make an investment in the storage hardware, investigate rising technologies like software-defined storage, and secure additional data in cloud, as per the 2018 study of State of Infrastructure. Overall, businesses are planning to make an investment on the storage hardware rather than other infra. 

1. Data Growth –

Around half of the respondents of the survey said that their data is developing in between 10-24% each year. Approximately 62% said that the data is increasing at the pace of over 10 percent yearly. When asked how much the data storage that businesses are managing actively, then 51 percent said in between 1 to 99 terabytes. About 9% said that they have over 1 petabyte storage in the active management.

2. Storage Investment -

Around half of the polled plan has to increase the spending of storage in this year, such as 22 percent people who say the budget of storage will enhance over 10% and about 38% expect this to stay flat. In the purchase plans of overall infra, around 21 percent said that they are planning to purchase storage hardware in 2018, narrowly whipping out servers and hardware, both at around 19 percent. The remaining 10 percent plan to make an investment in the software-defined storage.

3. SSD Plans -

SSD – Solid State Storage is also booming on the shopping lists of enterprise as per the 2018 study of State of Infrastructure. Around 38% polled said that they will purchase SSD technology soon.

Sinclair said, “Everybody to whom I have talked has installed flash or solid state and loving it. Nobody who has used it says using it is a mistake.”

Now, SSD prices decreased to an extent which has removed barrier of SSD in adoption. Additionally, many companies are becoming familiar to this technology and understanding the value of it as it goes beyond the fast performance, Sinclair said. He has heard about the businesses which are saving huge sums of money on the OPEX along with SSDs. Due to it, the companies’ IT resources don’t spend long hours on fixing app performance issues. Sinclair said that those IT resources can be allocated on driving the business core tasks now. 

4. Data Security -

Today, security is a top priority in companies, it is not amazing that according to a study encryption is preferred to buy by most of the data storage enterprises in 2018. Around 39% of the surveyed enterprises said that they will invest in the encryption. 

5. Software-defined Storage -

According to a survey, businesses’ interest is growing in the storage virtualization which is also called software-defined storage. About 38% people said that a few or complete storage of the businesses is software-defined; however 31 percent are planning to implement this technology in this year. Enterprises seeing a plenty of utilization for software-defined storage, especially for backup and general databases. 

6. Cloud Storage -

The study has found that cloud has become an essential part of storage strategies of enterprises. Many enterprises use the cloud storage for a wide range of purposes, including recovery, archiving, and backup. There are just 18 percent of the participants of survey who are not using cloud storage.

Similarly, it seems that some enterprises are prepared to store majority of the data in the cloud. Around seven percent of the hosting reported over 75% of the storage capacity within cloud despite internal systems. Half of the people said that nearly 10 percent of the storage capacity hosted in cloud as it has an ease of send data online.

7. Hyper convergence -

The hyper converged infra is gaining traction as enterprises are finding ways of streamlining the storage management. According to Interop ITX research, 65 percent of the survey respondents said that they are planning, looking, or using the converged or hyper converged infra. Only 20% of them are not interested.