The changes to storage technology have been well-documented over the years. From tape to disk to solid state, not to mention DAS, SAN/NAS and StaaS, the only constant in the storage industry has been change.
Lately, however, these technological changes are starting to coalesce in the data center to produce not only bigger and better storage, but entirely new architectures designed to address increasingly specialized workloads. This has given the enterprise unprecedented ability to craft their own storage environments, rather than simply upgrade their legacy vendor solutions.
Naturally, this is producing a fair amount of turmoil in the traditionally staid storage industry. As Redmond Magazine’s Jeffrey Schwartz notes, established firms like EMC, HP and NetApp are under increasing pressure from start-ups like Nasuni and Pure Storage who are turning to advanced Flash and memory solutions aimed specifically at mobile and cloud-based data loads. Even companies like Microsoft are moving into storage hardware as they ramp up their cloud offerings in the race to beat Amazon to the highly lucrative enterprise storage market.