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2020: A Storage Odyssey

Science Fiction and technology seem to go hand in hand. What does the future hold for the data center in 2020 and beyond?


Science Fiction and technology seem to go hand in hand. While the genre of Science Fiction is speculative about the future, the scenarios often tend to gain relevance with age. According to science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein, “a handy short definition of almost all science fiction might read: realistic speculation about possible future events, based solidly on adequate knowledge of the real world, past and present, and on a thorough understanding of the nature and significance of the scientific method.”

There is a lot of speculation about the future of data storage given the continuing data deluge (depending on which analysts you believe, there will be 7 to 40 zettabytes of data by 2020 and 80–90% of this will be unstructured—photos, videos, log files, etc.). No matter who you believe, one thing is absolutely clear: the data center of 2020 will look nothing like the data center of today. Caringo CEO and Founder Jonathan Ring wrote about this recently in The Future of Data Storage Solutions.

According to our VP of Product Tony Barbagallo, the expectations of file storage have changed dramatically with the software-defined data center continuing to gain momentum and object storage playing a major role. Object storage is now enabling far more than just cost-effective data storage and is being used for hybrid cloud, data management, as well as offloading filers and databases. Additionally, users expect to store everything they create, and access it forever, from any device. Tony refers to this as “cloud conditioning,” which describes the desire of those who have grown up in a cloud world to have on-demand, instant access to information at all times.

Gone are the days of waiting for a specific day and time to catch up on your favorite TV show, you can just go to Netflix, Hulu or HBO on-demand and watch it whenever and wherever you like. And that unpredictable nature of access adds yet another layer of complexity. Access is now going to come directly from applications over the web by millions of users with unpredictable access patterns. Hear more from Tony in The Cloud and Object Storage Platform of the Future webcast, now available on demand.

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Sarah Cook
Sarah Cook

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Sarah Cook is Caringo's Director of Marketing and brings deep expertise in Product Marketing and Technical/Marketing/Corporate Communications. Sarah has worked for some of the biggest names in technology including Dell and Cisco and holds a B.A. in English Composition with a minor in Music from the University of North Texas. She sings with and serves on the Board of Directors for Panoramic Voices, a 501(c)3 choral collaborative in Austin, TX.

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