As the trend towards data center virtualization continues to be proselytized by different technology writers (myself included), businesses must be skeptic about how widespread the popularity is and how common the issues of wrangling with complex data and management may actually be.
Fortunately, there have been forthcoming statistics that support these seemingly bombastic claims.
A recent survey done by Tegile Systems and ActualTech Media on the “State of Storage in Virtualization” offers some reassuring numbers. In their study, 97 percent of IT professionals indicated that at least part of their workloads have become digitized; over 60 percent listed the majority of their workloads and nearly one in five has almost completely converted to digital data centers.
The inevitability of business virtualization has already arrived, but many businesses are still struggling to find appropriate solutions for their company and data needs. Moving to digital storage has helped increase productivity and reduce costs, but new issues manifest like capacity problems and storage performance problems.
The adoption of hybrid flash storage has been a source of significant relief of cost and important increase in storage capacity. In addition, businesses have begun to adopt clouds and incorporate them in their homemade, complicated data storage plan. Private, public and even hybrid clouds have advanced into their security and application operations; their presence is becoming much more common in enterprise businesses.
If businesses would like to just incorporate cloud operations into their existing infrastructure, then options like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud Platform will fill those needs easily. With these options, however, it is entrusting the services that will be hosted elsewhere than onsite at the business. The dependency upon external parties may not be suitable for the data needs and IT demands of some companies.
For those that need to incorporate on-site options, Oracle Cloud has released a new product, Oracle Cloud at Customer, which installs the machinery for the cloud on the business premises. For concerned companies, it is meant to help alleviate security worries and protect sensitive corporate information without sacrificing professional support and expertise at Oracle if there are any issues. Some hybrid cloud solutions eliminate that service and leave the local IT professionals stranded to wrangle and troubleshoot on these creative solutions.
For customers completely dissatisfied with their current infrastructure, however, there are still more companies that are looking to integrate and transform the possibilities of enterprise storage solutions. Options like Cohesity introduce a single platform that will incorporate current data storage solutions and assimilate them onto its infinite scalable platform. (For more information, feel free to read here).
A similar but uniquely individual approach remains in primary storage options like ClearSky Data that will integrate the cloud into the data storage solution. Additionally, ClearSky Data utilizes a ranking system of hot to warm to cold data so that enterprises can still easily access and maintain control over their information, moving it as needed.
For IT professionals looking for a better system for total data center management control and beyond, Intel Corporation has introduced its own solution in the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 product family; this product line aims to work as a Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) to allow enterprises greater control over public clouds’ main memory and processor caches. Additionally, Intel has begun partnerships to innovate into other areas like for applications created in the cloud. Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and Intel have announced the world’s largest cloud application testing cluster for cloud-created applications.
These are just highlights of what options exist for enterprise businesses. All of them aim to solve storage capacity and performance issues, but different solutions will be appropriate for different problems and different markets. Undeniably, the cloud has become a necessary tool in the hardware for digitizing businesses. It is the ability to both encrypt and know the location of that data as well as who is accessing it that makes the analytical side of the cloud a good storage solution.
All businesses fear not, though, because the same challenges are appearing again and again. These challenges have also captured the attention of many technology innovators and the results are sure to be exciting