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Data storage trends include increases in cloud, NAND flash
This article is part of the Storage issue of August 2021, Vol. 19, No. 2
The last 18 months have been an interesting and critical period for the data storage industry. Organizations were not only forced to rethink their storage strategies due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they had to deal with data volumes that continued to increase at exponential levels. It's going to take a combination of storage methods -- flash, disk, tape and cloud -- to handle it all. In its sixth annual "Data Storage Outlook" report, Spectra Logic Corp. detailed several data storage trends and statistics. For example, NAND flash continues to be the fastest growing technology in the market, with durability and speed that both consumers and enterprises like. Disk drive volume shipments dropped by 20% in the year preceding the 2021 report versus the previous four quarters. LTO-9 tape, which can hold 18 TB uncompressed (or 45 TB compressed) on one cartridge, will become generally available this year. While backup has largely moved to disk-based technology, the use of tape for long-term archive continues to grow, according to the ...
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