What a big breakthrough in data storage technology means for businesses


Dave Donald, the founder and CEO of Keeper Technology, will give us a glimpse into some of the biggest breakthroughs we will see or continue to see rocking the storage industry in. 2019, including: SDS, NVMe, super converged architecture, edge computing, and mobile storage architecture. At Keeper Technology, Dave is responsible for defining the strategic vision and leading all of the company's marketing strategies. He has over 25 years of experience in providing answers to the biggest challenges of enterprise hosting and building high-performance work teams at creative software and hosting companies. Dave holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Colorado.

Good technology is a sign of evolution, and great technology brings a revolution. Of the two, only the second is groundbreaking. One of the biggest factors leading to the breakthrough in IT infrastructure is the development of data and data storage technology driven by initiatives related to big data, Internet of Things. (IoT) and data analysis.

Today, businesses are creating and storing a larger volume of big data than ever before. This trend is currently showing no sign of slowing and this increase is driving businesses to expand their infrastructure, especially those related to data storage. Market pressure on hosting providers is increasing and it seems that the entire ecosystem is in a state of transformation.

Businesses are starting to understand that they need to harness the power of data to remain competitive. To support their digital strategy, companies are planning to invest more in storage hardware in data centers, store more data in the cloud, and continue researching technologies. new groundbreaking.

Prior to these events, the breakthrough only involved the early adoption of software-defined storage services (Software Defined Storage - SDS). New players in SDS are challenging old brands. Market dominance companies are starting to realize that their current solutions only meet a very vague definition of SDS, despite their aggressive efforts to market them as something. more meaningful than before.

In this regard, the meaning is very important. For example, according to a traditional definition, SDS includes hardware in the form of servers attached to the network. This is significantly different from the proprietary architectures of "Big Iron" vendors. (The term "Big Iron" refers to extremely expensive and extremely large computer systems and servers capable of supporting thousands of users at once placed in elastic steel racks.)

Context is key to understanding innovation because more and more changes in computing and applications. The reason is simple: The storage system must meet higher standards of security, compliance and consistency. On the other hand, other fleeting items like processors and memory have raised the importance of storage.

Considering these factors, Dave believes that some of the biggest disruptive agents we will see, or continue to see, rock the storage industry in 2019:

# 1 - Software defined storage (SDS)

SDS will continue to play a major role thanks to its ability to maximize performance and capacity with zero downtime. SDS also fits in with the cloud storage related strategies of the business.

Efficiency is the beginning sign of a breakthrough. Better security doesn't come that fast because it's complex and often has a negative impact on the end user experience. However, nothing will reduce the progress SDS has made in this area.

Companies can adopt a strategy of scaling according to their ability, in which they buy a small number of new, stronger servers, or they can choose a scaling approach, using a number of large amounts of hardware are less powerful, and of course less expensive, enabling clustering and redundancy. Clustering is built on standard hardware that allows copying data between very long distances. For example, if the main datacenter fails, the service will automatically switch to the active datacenter.

# 2 - Storage based on Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe)

NVMe has a strong reputation for its great potential for performance, but the cost effectiveness of NVMe remains a challenge.

NVMe is a non-volatile storage media mounted via PCI Express (PCIe), a system interface that transfers data between components inside a computer / expansion card of a computer. Although PCIe is several years ahead of NVMe, older data transfer protocols such as SATA, AHCI and SCSI, were created when hard drives were at the peak of storage technology. NVMe provides low latency commands and lots of queues, the data structure used to contain objects working on a "first in first out" basis. These advantages are important because data is transferred to SSD in chips and blocks.

NVMe is also the ideal choice for the fastest flash storage technologies as it provides thousands of parallel queues. It is an exponential increase in performance.

With up to 6 times better performance than classic SSDs, NVMe drives are the new standard of fast storage.

# 3 - Super convergence

Super converged architecture is also a breakthrough. They place fast memory near the CPU to increase performance. As computer clusters grow, the demand for more memory goes far beyond the need for additional CPUs, which requires a data division strategy into the architecture.

The integrated NVMe architecture is ideal for super converged environments. These environments have high-level data operations, high-performance applications, and meet other outstanding performance requirements. NVMe connections can also alleviate the challenges associated with data location issues. Addressing latency concerns will expand the use of hyperconverged environments to a larger set of working data, which will be a major attraction for large businesses.

# 4 - Compute edge

Edge computing is the fourth factor that will have a major impact on computing architecture, data distribution and storage. However, there is currently no clear vision of what should be stored on the side and what should be forwarded to a more centralized storage system.

IoT is the catalyst behind edge computing, although there is currently no data format standard and where security is required.

 IoT and edge computing must continue to standardize data across devices. Companies like Apple, Google and Amazon are pursuing this goal in their ecosystems.

# 5 - Mobile storage architecture

Portable storage architecture can provide a cost effective alternative to flash storage. To a lesser extent, or perhaps for specific industries that need to store and transport large amounts of encrypted data quickly, mobile storage architectures will be groundbreaking. In fact, they can disrupt the entire operation of large-scale data storage providers, especially in environments where storage density, high performance and mobility are dark. important.

In terms of benefits, breakthroughs increase productivity and reduce costs. The most successful players will be those who meet the current and future needs of customers. That means they will identify needs before customers know what they need.

The level of breakthrough may vary and it will vary but the event will be impressive and so influential that you cannot ignore it. It will be measured by increased efficiency and lower costs. Consumers will easily see these benefits and it is a convincing evidence in its own right.