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Your enterprise data management strategy needs a superhero
This article is part of the Storage issue of September 2017, Vol. 16, No. 7
Is it just me, or are meta-humans becoming meta-boring? Summer 2017 seems to have passed by in a blur, punctuated every few days by yet another "blockbuster" movie based on a Marvel or DC superhero. My kids want to see every one, of course, despite the commonality of the plot lines. We usually end up debating the fidelity of the movie to the comic or canonicity of this installment to previous films in the series. Frankly, it's getting pretty yawn-inducing. This is the same feeling I get when a vendor pitches his latest storage wares, which are increasingly contextualized as big wins for data management. Truth be told, most of these products aren't doing much at all in the way of enterprise data management strategy -- at least not in the grand sense. Just as most of the Avengers and Batman don't actually have any superpowers, it seems discordant to hear some vendor woo me with his "data management" riff when he's really talking about storage management or simply flash storage, object storage or a cloud storage service. Real data ...
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The most significant challenge to the rise of containerized applications is quickly and easily providing enterprise-class persistent storage for containers.
Expect NVMe to supplant SCSI and SAS protocols for SSD storage and NVMe over Fabrics to find a place in high-end networking deployments for transporting data.
Products from copy data management vendors protect and manage production data to lower storage costs, speed data access and streamline self-service access to data copies.
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Data management products are the Superman, not the Batman, of storage. They have built-in superpowers that provide the innate power needed to manage data.
IT can't remain a reactive cost center and cheerful help desk, but must become a competitive, cutthroat service provider and powerful champion of emerging disruptive technology.