Gartner Research

The Future of High-Performance Storage

Published: 24 March 2017

ID: G00325069

Analyst(s): Julia Palmer , Joseph Unsworth , Arun Chandrasekaran

Summary

A culmination of forces — represented by new nonvolatile memory and better software — are poised to alter the price/performance of next-generation compute and storage environments. We advise I&O leaders on how to both benefit from and mitigate risks for this unproven, fast-evolving market change.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Storage-class memory technologies could alter price/performance and density of current storage and compute platforms while bringing both benefits and uncertainties to I&O leaders responsible for IT infrastructure planning
  • Faster interfaces between compute and storage that leverage parallel access can reduce storage access latencies, but may require I&O leaders to explore significant additional investments or upgrades, which, in turn, disrupt enterprise IT refresh cycles
  • Memory-centric key value stores and file systems are in early exploratory phases in the enterprise and have potential performance benefits, but I&O leaders have viability concerns for mainstream adoption

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