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Top 10 storage stories of 2018

Key trends in storage in 2018 included hybrid and multicloud storage, container storage, and hyper-converged infrastructure. Meanwhile, flash storage has evolved with NVMe

The year 2018 in storage has witnessed a few notable trends.

Probably the most prominent has been cloud storage, which has palpably matured around hybrid and multicloud strategies, with key developments in file systems and service offerings that link on-premise and cloud capacity.

Alongside that, virtualisation continues to be a key trend, but in the form of containers – and specifically the requirement for persistent storage – and hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) that marries storage and compute with hypervisor built in.

Flash storage also continues to mature, and has been pushed forward by the emergence of the super-fast, made-for-flash, NVMe protocol and the arrival of storage-class memory and a potential change to the IT architecture as we have known it.

Here are ComputerWeekly.com’s top 10 storage stories for 2018.

  1. Hyper-converged and containers lead the way in customer deployments for 2018

Hyper-converged infrastructure and containers are key deployments planned by UK customers in 2018, with flash storage, virtual machine storage and disk backup also prominent.

  1. Hyper-converged infrastructure 2018 technology and market survey

We look at the latest in hyper-converged infrastructure – server and storage hardware nodes that can be built into scale-out clusters – and the players in the market.

  1. Storage in containers the answer to persistent storage needs

With compute requirements often fragmented, short-lived and bursty, traditional storage architectures can struggle to cope, so is storage in containers the solution?

  1. ESG survey: Storage spending habits become ‘hybrid-cloud-defined’

Analyst survey finds cloud used as a way to make storage more efficient, but organisations are also bringing cloud apps back into the datacentre and spending on in-house capacity.

  1. Disaggregated systems arise to unlock the NVMe conundrum

NVMe can unlock the true potential of flash. But storage controllers put a bottleneck right back in the I/O path. We look at how suppliers are trying to get around that problem.

  1. Storage-class memory set to upset hardware architectures

Storage-class memory and persistent memory products are all set to add a layer of super-fast storage media between bulk drives and memory, pushing performance to five million input/output operations per second (IOPS).

  1. NHS trust dumps creaking EMC SAN for Nutanix hyper-convergence

Derbyshire-based NHS trust had reached end-of-life with Dell servers and EMC SAN, so it took the plunge with Nutanix hyper-converged infrastructure to reap space, power and reliability gains.

  1. SF 49ers set to add pace to the team with NVMe flash from Datrium

US NFL football team plans high-performance NVMe flash to power in-game statistics and video decision-making, plus access for scouts to player databases during draft.

  1. Public Health England builds Ceph and Lustre cloud for analytics

How a healthcare analytics and modelling organisation built an open source cloud from Red Hat Ceph object storage and Lustre scale-out file access storage to petabyte scale.

  1. ITV goes on air with SpectraLogic LTFS tape backup and archive

2PB of SpectraLogic tape front-ended by Black Pearl LTFS object storage access creates integrated archive that lets broadcaster optimise use of existing Isilon clustered network-attached storage (NAS).


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