Data storage, security, protection, and overall management are essential to the survival of most organizations.
From the end of the software-defined storage era to the resurgence of on-premises storage, Nyriad Chief Revenue Officer Andrew Russell outlines his take on the latest technology trends and offers predictions for what’s to come in 2023 Did.
Moving from CPU-centric software-defined storage to offload-assisted architectures
Russell said the storage landscape is changing rapidly and the era of software-defined storage is coming to an end.
“Organizations now need storage architectures that can scale and eliminate bottlenecks while reducing costs associated with power and environmental impact,” he says.
“The answer lies in a storage architecture with specialized hardware acceleration that offloads storage tasks from the CPU. Scaling by adding more servers is inefficient, slow, and unsustainable.”
According to Russell, the increasing capacity of data devices has outstripped the capabilities of CPU-based servers.
“New shared storage architectures incorporating offload processors such as GPUs, DPUs and FPGAs will bring breakthroughs in storage performance, resilience and efficiency,” he said.
“These powerful new shared storage architectures lower our TCO and carbon footprint and pave the way for a scalable and sustainable path to meet constant data generation and storage explosions.”
From cloud to hybrid, the return of on-premise storage to the home country continues
“The effective ‘overshoot’ of moving storage to the cloud marks us past the ‘hype peak’ for cloud storage in the technology hype cycle, and we are on the ‘slope of enlightenment’.” . That enlightenment is hybrid storage. ‘ says Russell.
“The cloud is great for starting small businesses and providing flexibility for dynamic storage workloads, but the costs for larger, more stable businesses can be prohibitive.
“On-premises storage will continue to provide security and performance benefits for many of these companies,” he says.
“The reality is that neither cloud nor on-premises storage can solve all problems. Industry enlightenment is an ongoing need for both. driving the growth of on-premises deployments.”
Storage Finds Answers to Sustainable Growth
According to Russell, the use of outdated RAID technology that can no longer keep up with the constant growth of data unnecessarily increases the power consumption of on-premises storage. In fact, the problem has only gotten worse over the last decade.
“Today’s hard drive capacities exceed 20 TB, but many RAID systems still ship with 8 TB drives due to performance and data loss concerns,” he says.
“New shared storage architectures are emerging that leverage powerful offload hardware such as GPUs, DPUs, and FPGAs to compute data protection for the largest hard drives without sacrificing performance, resilience, or efficiency. I can do it.
“By utilizing the most efficient hard drives, there will be solutions that reduce power and carbon emissions by more than a third compared to many RAID-based systems today,” says Russell. increase.
“These systems will not only be able to meet exploding storage demands, but they will also minimize power increases and carbon emissions, providing a more sustainable future.”
Continuous integration of on-premises storage appliances
According to Russell, IT departments spend a lot of money on multiple storage appliances to meet the requirements of various applications.
“Some applications require block data, while others require file or object-based data, each requiring a different file system.
“To date, appliances have been optimized for at most one or two of these data types, often with a single dedicated file system. , leading to inconsistent performance and excessive carbon footprint,” he says.
“Enterprises are embracing the ease of use, efficiency and flexibility of the cloud, and they want their on-premises solutions to have the same characteristics.”
Russell said the future of storage rests on solutions that can bridge the gap between on-premises data centers and cloud infrastructure.
“Shared storage appliances will emerge that can handle all data types and multiple file systems, enabling enterprises to meet the needs of a wide variety of applications and file systems for block, file, and object-based data types. ’ he says.
“This emergence will help reduce the complexity of managing multiple appliances and further improve the efficiency of IT departments by reducing their storage footprint and creating an easier avenue for data management.
“As these shared storage solutions become more prevalent, businesses will be able to make better use of their technology investments, improve sustainability, and reduce the costs associated with managing multiple costly storage environments. increase.”