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Infinio 2016 Predictions: Four Storage and Cloud Developments

Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2016.  Read them in this 8th Annual VMblog.com series exclusive.

Contributed by Scott Davis, chief technology officer of Infinio

2016 predictions for storage and cloud

The final few weeks of 2015 mean it’s time to think about what’s coming for 2016. IT workers and technology companies are innovating and changing their industries and markets more and more every day. While the disruption has been felt throughout enterprise IT, storage and cloud have emerged as areas of significant focus for the next 12 months. Here are four developments I expect to see in the next year:

Flash maintains its position as a complement to spinning drives

While the all-flash array market continues to grow, and flash’s overall cost drops, flash production doesn’t have the manufacturing capacity necessary to allow flash to displace hard disk drives. Company and industry analysts’ statistics reported in The Register say that by 2020, the NAND Flash industry could produce 253 exabytes (EB). This is three times the current manufacturing capacity at a cost of approximately $23 billion. However, this is also only 10 percent of the industry’s anticipated storage capacity demand. Hard drives are far from dead. They will continue to dominate storage from a capacity perspective, further bolstering the case for architectures that separate performance from capacity.

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