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Data storage trends to watch in 2022

Making global data storage predictions in the face of an ongoing and very dynamic pandemic may, at first glance, seem like reading tea leaves. We asked a number of experts to identify the key drivers for the data storage market in 2022, and trends related to six technologies emerged: cybersecurity; data sovereignty; Artificial intelligence; cloud; sustainability; and connectivity and performance.

cyber security

Cybersecurity is in the headlines with increasing frequency and that’s unlikely to change as we move forward into 2022, predicts Candid Wüest, vice president of cyber protection research at Acronis. Throughout 2022, Wüest expects ransomware to spread further to MacOS and Linux, as well as new environments such as virtual systems, cloud, and OT/IoT. Wüest says this will lead to more and more real-world consequences and therefore lead to increased demand for official regulations and sanctions.

Paul Speciale, CMO, Scality, has a somewhat similar view: “Not only have we seen more ransomware attacks in 2021, but these attacks have also become bigger and more expensive. will be combined with advanced security mechanisms at the application, server and network levels to provide enterprises with end-to-end solutions against cyberattacks on their IT stacks.

Sergei Serdyuk, VP Product Management, NAKIVO, identifies the growing commitment to cloud computing as an additional issue: “Enterprise data has become much more vulnerable to loss or encryption by ransomware. The accelerated migration of massive amounts enterprise data to the cloud compounds this problem even further.We believe that in 2022, enterprises and managed service providers will prioritize ransomware over other security threats to provide continuous protection, at the both on site and in flight.

While Frederik Schouboe, CEO of Keepit, believes growing global instability is pushing organizations to seek dedicated backup solutions independent of SaaS vendors. “Regional data centers and immutability have quickly become key factors in safeguarding and surviving enterprise data in recent years and we have every reason to believe this trend will grow.”

Data sovereignty

Another hot topic throughout 2021 was data sovereignty and this trend is unlikely to slow in 2022. “Reliance on technology providers and cloud services based outside their geographies is a growing concern for global businesses,” Scality’s Speciale said. “Companies struggle to track the location of their data and comply with local regulations. This will usher in an industry of local and regional service providers offering sovereign cloud services to captive markets by ensuring that data remains within specified boundaries.

Schouboe of Keepit agrees: “As more local and global regulations are put in place to protect data and privacy, companies are under pressure to protect and document the state of their infrastructure. The ability to encrypt, protect and recover data is critical for organizations striving to be compliant. And because SaaS vendors do not automatically back up data for longer periods of time and do not have notable built-in security measures in place to protect data, it is critical that IT teams research, assess, and implement proactive third-party protection measures. , including new technologies like Blockchain for data immutability.

Artificial intelligence

IDC predicts that global spending on artificial intelligence (AI) systems will grow from US$85.3 billion in 2021 to over US$204 billion in 2025. So what can we expect from this fast-growing technology? and transformative in 2022?

For Speciale, it’s all about the big picture: “We expect greater integration of AI/MLOps into large-scale data storage offerings to address skills shortages and help administrators offload and automate processes.”

Steven Groenke, CEO of Storbyte, sees 2022 as a pivotal year for AI, predicting that it will become “the most disruptive, yet transformative technology ever developed”. He continues, “Artificial intelligence will grow, but rising energy futures will put pressure on data centers to drive down electricity costs.”

Cloud

According to Gartner, cloud computing will be the centerpiece of new digital experiences: global cloud revenues will total US$474 billion in 2022, up from US$408 billion in 2021. Keepit’s Schouboe explores the pros and cons of the cloud: is great for scalability and flexibility, it also poses security concerns: the ability to back up and restore infrastructure is a valuable safeguard against human error and other disasters that could befall an organization on its journey to the cloud. »

Scality’s Speciale believes on-premises data centers are here to stay: Even as public cloud investments continue, companies will keep their data center infrastructures on-premises for control, performance, and cost-effectiveness. This will lead to a new level of sophisticated IT management capabilities to optimize multi-data center, multi-cloud application and data management solutions.

Additionally, “network-as-a-service adoption will hit the market,” according to Storbyte’s Groenke. This cloud model allows users to operate the network without deploying or maintaining their own infrastructure.

“In 2022, data availability will become a priority, regardless of where data is created or stored,” predicts Betsy Doughty, vice president of enterprise marketing, Spectra Logic. “With the rise of remote working, the ability to ensure data is available anytime, anywhere is becoming increasingly important. Organizations will continue to explore how best to integrate the cloud into their IT strategies. to enable low latency data availability in 2022. This will open the door to new ways to achieve this with distributed multi-cloud data management solutions capable of providing universal access and data placement on multi- sites and multi-cloud leading to highly efficient hybrid and multi-cloud workflows.

Sustainability

Sustainability will be a key goal for IT teams in 2022, according to Aron Brand, CTO, CTERA. “The decision to move to the cloud provides access to data centers that are fundamentally greener as cloud providers invest heavily in sustainability. Due to economies of scale and strong incentives to cut costs, cloud providers are using more efficient cooling systems for their data centers and placing them closer to clean energy sources than is possible for an on-site data center. For example, AWS has already achieved 65% renewable energy across the company in 2020 and plans to reach 100% by 2025. It is also committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by here 2040; 10 years before the Paris Agreement.

Connectivity and performance

For Tim Klein, CEO of ATTO Technology, connectivity and speed are closely linked. “With no new, faster storage media on the immediate horizon, we will likely see a continued focus on increasing the speed and performance of storage connectivity. Newer storage connectivity technologies like NVMe, RDMA, PCIe 4.0 and Gen7 Fiber Channel, have opened up many avenues of opportunity for vendors and developers in 2022.”

Modern applications generate and consume vast amounts of data. “The explosion of data, driven by demanding services and applications such as AI, predictive analytics, or intelligent sensing, is putting great pressure on the network and storage architectures of cloud and edge data centers” , says Eric Baissus, CEO of Kalray. “In this context, flash technologies, NVM/NVMe-oF and data processing units provide the answer to the challenges posed by the deployment of such data-intensive applications.

All-flash is the future for Storbyte’s Steven Groenke: “The enterprise flash storage industry will continue to grow in 2022. Beyond performance benefits, flash reduces power consumption costs in data centers. The price of SSDs continues to drop as the technology becomes more reliable and drive capacities increase. In contrast, HDD market share has declined since peaking at US$34 billion in 2014 and is expected to drop to US$12 billion in 2022.”

In the context of the complexities and uncertainties of our current times, it will be interesting over time to revisit these predictions, especially post-pandemic.

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