When the end of the year comes, we often find ourselves taking a retrospective look at the past year; our favorite movies, albums and memories. But it also serves as a chance to speculate as to what the next year holds in store for us. Interop recently conducted a survey marking some of the top trends and prediction in data storage for 2018. We gathered up some of the most prescient insights from the survey. Take a look below!
Increased Investment in Data Storage
According to a 2018 State of Infrastructure survey conducted by Interop, half of those polled look to increase their storage spending in the coming year. In terms of overall infrastructure plans, 21% said they plan to buy storage hardware over the next 12 months. Another 10% of respondents are looking to invest in software defined storage.
Security is and has been a significant motivator in business decisions. That doesn’t seem likely to change in 2018 either. Interop’s survey on data storage also found that encryption is one of the most popular technologies for businesses to implement in 2018. 39% of respondents say that they’re planning to invest in encryption in the next year.
Solid State Drives
2018 is also shaping up to be the year in which many enterprises will be in investing in solid state drives (SSDs). With solid state drives reaching more manageable devices and more companies beginning to understand the value in the technology, it’s no wonder Solid State Drives are big on many enterprise shopping lists.
Software Defined Storage
The survey found a significant interest in storage virtualization, frequently referred to as software-defined: with 38% of responders saying that some or all of their storage is software-defined, while 31% of responders saying that they’re looking to implement the technology in the next twelve months. Enterprises have found software defined storage to have a number of use cases for general database management and backup.
Cloud has achieved a certain degree of ubiquity in enterprise technology, with most solutions have some soft of cloud component. Many companies use cloud storage services for a wide range of uses, with backup and disaster recovery being chief among them, followed archiving. While cloud storage will be big 2018, don’t expect enterprises to move a majority or all of their data to the cloud quite yet. Only 7% of respondents said that they’ve hosted more than three quarters of their data in the cloud.
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