Preparing for the Next Wave of Data: Storage Experts Weigh In

Posted November 3, 2016 by Nate Odell — Senior Director, Marketing. Filed under Trends.

Scalability and data management have become more essential than ever for companies who want to meet business demands and stay ahead of the curve. While increasing data being generated by an estimated 1 trillion sensors across networked resources provide a wealth of opportunities for enterprises to discover new insights, they also come with unprecedented challenges. As a result, businesses are seeking ways to do more with less.

This doesn’t mean that they should simply use less hardware, but rather that they will be best positioned when their technical environments are intentionally designed to support their specific workflow. Because data is being created at such a rapid pace, enterprises need to be very strategic when designing their environment.

To understand the intent and strategy of your enterprise storage environment, we asked a number of storage industry experts to weigh in on the following question:

“What is the one thing enterprises should do in order to prepare for the next wave of data?”

The right approach for handling hyper-scale growth in machine data is to cover many fronts simultaneously. It’s a broad, multifaceted problem. Organizations must deal with many variables based on what functional area a particular enterprise is trying to support and how the data must be used and managed.
Doug Black
EnterpriseTech
Machine-generated data from increasing electronic intelligence built into industrial infrastructure as well as consumer devices will put significant pressure on cloud and edge computing resources; including processing, network bandwidth, and storage capacity. Finding, managing and processing this data to meet individual, corporate and social needs will dominate the information technology industry for at least the next 10 years.
Tom Coughlin
Forbes
Now is the time to prepare getting your data infrastructure (hardware, software, services, process, practices) in place, cleaned-up, remove overhead and complexity, find and fix problems so you can cost support effective scaling, leverage new and old things in new ways including data footprint reduction (DFR) upstream at the source as well as downstream
Greg Schulz
StorageIO
Enterprise IT must understand the magnitude of the challenge for the influx of non-traditional data. Not only must they plan for massive capacity demands but also recognize that traditional data protection processes are not practical and that the data may have a very long lifespan as new insights may be gained with new tools and applications. Enterprise IT needs to develop a strategic plan for dealing with machine data.
Randy Kerns
Evaluator Group
Enterprises need to evaluate and settle on an architecture that is microscopically designed to deal with this mass of data in all dimensions. These new architectures need to be infinitely scalable, have the ability to deal with files of all sizes equally effectively and allow access to the data via a variety of protocols and APIs. The problems we are trying to solve today were unrecognizable when most traditional architectures in the market were conceived. A fresh start is therefore warranted.
Arun Taneja
Taneja Group
Enterprises need to be most concerned with new types of data that they haven’t seen much until recently. Yes, traditional data – especially file data – is still growing and traditional storage systems do a good job of handling that. But machine-generated data and data used for DevOps is also growing. These new data type often require different methods and tools for storing and managing, and those new tools must be designed for people outside of traditional storage admins.
Dave Raffo
TechTarget SearchStorage
Enterprises should move from seeing storage as a point solution per application to an enterprise-wide resource. Prepare standard IT offerings that are flexible, scalable, and integrate with the rest of the IT stack. This will allow enterprises to absorb the vast amount of data that is coming from IoT, instrumentation and analytics, and increased use of video and sensor data.
Stephen Foskett
Gestalt IT
No “one thing” will allow you and your company to survive and thrive with the next wave of data that is emerging. The key element will be flexibility, to not only look beyond traditional appliances and infrastructures but to aggressively embrace new technology innovations in hardware, software and cloud services; even if it requires reorganization and retraining to get current infrastructure administrators up to speed.
Henry Baltazar
451 Research

Based on what we heard from the experts above, a storage strategy is no longer a technical challenge but a tactical one. More important than meeting certain capacity or performance requirements is aligning your storage to a holistic technical strategy. This means having a storage solution that is future proofed for rapid innovations in hardware, software and cloud capabilities and can support new methods of data analysis. Taking a software-focused approach to storage is one thing enterprises can do to prepare for the next wave of data. By doing so, you can make your storage is invisible and your data becomes visible at scale.

Learn more about how customers are overcoming today’s massive data storage challenges by reading the Qumulo Field Report by the Taneja Group, where they spotlight six Qumulo customers.

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Nate Odell
Senior Director, Marketing
Qumulo is a phenomenal experience. From our maniacal focus on customer needs to creating highly differentiated technology, Qumulo is an incredibly dynamic company. I love coming to work every day.

Nate is Sr. Director of Marketing and focused on field marketing, sales enablement, and analyst and public relations.

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