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2018 Strategic Roadmap for Storage

Published: 12 March 2018

ID: G00350720

Analyst(s): Julia Palmer , Pushan Rinnen , Santhosh Rao , Dave Russell, Stanley Zaffos , Valdis Filks , Raj Bala , Julian Tirsu , Garth Landers , John McArthur


The next generation of primary and secondary storage hardware and software is simplifying management while increasing performance. I&O leaders should invest in solutions that offer meaningful performance gains and cost reduction, while striving for a balance between agility and risk avoidance.

Table Of Contents


  • Future State
    • On-Premises Storage Will Be Defined by Performance, Automation and Predictive Support Capabilities Based on Machine Learning
    • Public Cloud Storage Will Be Increasingly Used for Hybrid Workloads
    • Cybercrimes and Regulations Will Trigger a Rebalancing Between Agility and Resiliency/Governance
  • Current State
    • NVMe-oF Architecture and Machine Learning for Predictive Storage Maintenance Are Under Development
    • Public Cloud Storage Lacks Simple Pricing and Rich Data Management
    • Backup/Recovery and Governance Are Fragmented and Complex, Increasing Risks
  • Gap Analysis and Interdependencies
    • Current SSD Technology Has Limits on Speed and Efficiency; Storage Management Is Complex in Heterogeneous Environments
    • Public Cloud Storage Services Require Developer Skills and Typically Lack Enterprise SLAs
    • Data Management Needs Lightweight Ingest Engines and Centralized Management Intelligence
  • Migration Plan
    • Higher Priority for Short-Term Plans
    • Medium Priority for Midterm Plans
    • Lower Priority for Long-Term Plans

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