2022 Data Storage & Active Archive Predictions: Part 2

January 19th, 2022 by Meredith Bagnulo

Members of the Active Archive Alliance recently shared their 2022 predictions for data storage and active archives. Here are some of the top trends to watch:

Sustainability Metrics will Drive New Requirements in Data Storage
In 2020 and 2021, we saw CPU utilization and network bandwidth increases driven into the data center in response to a highly remote workforce. This increased consumption comes at a cost, with data centers worldwide contributing hundreds of millions of tons of yearly CO2e emissions globally. The IT industry is the focus of this contribution. In 2022, we will see organizations that provide and utilize data center services challenged to show measurable progress on sustainability. Reusable energy production and usage is just a start. Organizations will be looking at how products support sustainability outcomes.  Data storage on tape will lead the sustainability outcomes, providing data storage at scale that reduces CO2 emissions by up to 90% compared to hard disks and flash. Kiyoshi Urabe, Manager, IBM Tape Product Management

Healthcare Knowledge and Reliance Will expand in the Active Archive Space
Healthcare knowledge and reliance will expand in the active archive space as more and more organizations look to mine data for improved patient safety and use data to improve treatments and patient outcomes. COVID treatments and diagnoses data found in the active archives of health organizations will become extremely valuable for insurance and CMS audit of payments related to the pandemic. – Dr. Kel Pults, DHA, MSN, RN-BC, Chief Clinical Officer, MediQuant

The Archive Revolution Will Continue with Greater Technology Choice than Ever Before
As predicted, 2021 saw the introduction of new innovative HDD technologies that continue to push the boundaries on capacity, performance, and reliability. We expect the ~30% CAGR of data generated will be sustained in 2022 and fuel the ongoing need for long-term retention and the protection of valuable unstructured data assets. Resource disaggregation and composability will continue to proliferate, along with new standards and methods to make better use of CPU, GPU, memory, storage, and networking resources. With these technology trends in play, large and long-term active archive solutions will leverage the low TCO and cost-effective benefits of disk, resource consolidation because of the advent of new solutions in this space, as well as tape because of its long-term standing in this space. Mark Pastor, Director, Platform Product Management at Western Digital

Active Archiving and Application Decommissioning will be Integral to Ongoing Data Governance Strategies
Hospitals and health systems are now thinking about application decommissioning and active archiving as a part of their ongoing data governance strategy. No longer is it viewed as a one-time event. They need partners who can help them realize their vision holistically. Interoperability between current systems and archival data is expected to promote adoption and satisfaction across stakeholder personas. Hospitals expect their migration and archive partners to advise and play a role in their overall data management and data governance strategy. Marc Probst, Chief Information Officer, ELLKAY

Analytics, Cloud Adoption, and Cost Awareness Will Continue its Massive Growth in 2022
You can’t ignore it; data growth is accelerating the challenge of understanding what data you have and what you should do with it.  Analytics will play a vital role, providing customers the insight they require to make smart decisions on whether to copy, move, archive, or purge content, all wrapped around the cost associated with doing so. In fact, according to Blocks & Files, a massive amount of venture capital funding is flowing into the analytics space, proving customers are thirsty for better business intelligence. Analytics-driven awareness and the cost implications of moving content to the right storage, whether on-prem or the cloud will play a vital role in 2022 and beyond. Brian Morsch, Executive Vice President of Sales, CloudSoda.io at IMT

Increased Processing of Data at the Edge Versus in the Cloud
Organizations will begin to realize the performance and cost benefits of processing data at the edge versus exclusively in the cloud. Improvements in edge computing technology will allow for massive amounts of data to remain active and online while being processed, with only the most relevant data being sent to the cloud, and integrations with an assortment of third-party applications will enable advanced data analysis for industry’s that require those capabilities. Bruce Kornfeld, Chief Marketing & Product Officer, StorMagic

Cold Storage Heats Up
As IT budgets lag data growth rates, pressure builds for creative ways to cost-effectively store, manage, and extract value from more of this data. Emerging architectures and services blur the lines between cold and warm data, with high-performance access and simpler cost models allowing for more effective use of cold data sets. Solutions will be deployed within an organization’s own data center or colocation facility to maintain data within in-house security perimeters and to meet data residency requirements. New erasure coding algorithms optimized specifically for cold storage will enhance data protection and durability for long-term retention while reducing storage costs significantly versus multi-copy and cloud-based solutions.Tim Sherbak, Enterprise Products and Solutions Manager, Quantum

Organizations will Seek Multi-Service Data Management Platforms as Unstructured Data Proliferates
Unstructured data volumes are growing exponentially as fueling innovation. All verticals are now faced with unstructured data management issues and the need for distributed archives is increasing. Multi-service data management platforms, which analyze and store data according to its criticality, will increase in prominence. IT managers are looking for solutions addressing the needs of all storage tiers, whether NAS, Parallel File Systems, Cloud or Tape wherever if on-premises, across multi-clouds or in hybrid cloud environments. Challenges ranging from securing data against cyberattacks including ransomware and crypto locker to data placement aligning with the agility required by the business users are nowadays strong priorities in IT operations. Secured Active Archives can use data analytics to boost archiving efficiency, lower storage TCO and improve enterprise-wide decision making. – Ferhat Kaddour, VP Sales & Alliances, Atempo


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