Storage technologies are constantly evolving to keep pace with the growing volume of data created not only within the data centres but also at the edge. Against this backdrop, efficiency has become the need of the hour. To that end, storage vendors are focusing on building software-defined storage stack that delivers data services to power workloads running not only in virtual machines but also in containers, with greater flexibility, agility, and resilience. Furthermore, as storage suppliers continue to refine their storage and data management software, they are also dealing with more data stored on flash-based storage systems. Flash suppliers building all-flash arrays are writing firmware that can intelligently manage wear-levelling and intelligent block management. Besides, beyond flash media, there are greater shifts in preparation around interfaces and protocols that will enable businesses to achieve maximum performance out of the flash available today. Protocols like non-volatile memory express (NVMe) and interconnects like NVMe over Fabrics will be the next major disruption in storage architecture.
That being said, disk drives aren’t dead, they are, in fact, experiencing a technology renaissance. The latest drives have capacities up to 16TB and over the next five years, this number is expected to double. Without doubt, disks will remain the lowest cost random access storage for years to come.
The era of data-centric computing is here, and, fortunately, data storage is more cost-effective than ever. Properly stored, even old data can offer value thanks to new analytical tools. To assist businesses in finding storage solution companies, CIOApplications Europe has compiled a list of leading storage solution providers that are at the top of their game. The enlisted organisations are addressing data storage challenges and transforming business operations and processes at the convergence of several disruptive technologies. Besides, the magazine also comprises insights from thought leaders in the sector on the industry trends, best practices, recent innovations, and their advice for aspiring CIOs.
We present to you CIOApplications Europe’s “Top 10 Storage Solution Providers – 2020.”