The storage revolution will be driven by software

When will the storage industry experience its next ‘paradigm shift’? This is what we want to know.

But why do we need to know this?

Well, here are a few pointers for you that came out a discussion with Red Hat’s Ranga Rangachari, the company’s VP & GM of its storage business unit:

…we are experiencing a data explosion

1. 70,000 images are uploaded to Facebook every minute, so we are experiencing a data explosion.

2. As much as 95% of new data is unstructured, do you realise that we are experiencing a data explosion?

3. A new level of data monitoring exists and connected “instrumented” devices that form part of the so-called “Internet of Things” are fuelling data growth so that… guess what… we are experiencing a data explosion.

4. Disk speeds today are argued to run at roughly the same speed that they did a decade ago, so there is a concern – because although capacity has increased, speed has not followed a Moore’s Law path of progress, but at the same time, we are experiencing a data explosion.

The cloud computing model is of course here now and we need to work to align storage with more prevalently implemented virtualisation techniques and processes argues Red Hat’s Rangachari i.e. we are indeed experiencing a data explosion, but there is still a lot of work to do.

The killer change-maker here then?

I asked Rangachari where to look for the next sea-change revolution in storage and he confirmed that the storage revolution will be driven by software, rather than hardware advancements in the first instance. That being said, he does also acknowledge the work of the Open Compute Project and other working groups in this sector and insists that development and innovation at the hardware end will not get left behind.

TechTarget’s own features a piece on this topic written by Rich Castagna who also eludes to a new “storage revolution” that may be on the way

Castagna writes, “The rumblings are unmistakable. Something’s afoot with data storage, and it looks like some big changes may be looming on the not-too-distant horizon. It’s not just about cool new products from brash startups that may catch the storage market behemoths napping or the latest new twists on old technologies.”

Data storage will never be the same, soon. We’re just not all quite sure how yet.