Object Storage Predictions for 2019Last week, we listed the 9 Reasons to Use Object Storage in 2019. In this blog, I discuss some macro-market trends we have noticed in 2018 and predict how that will influence object storage use in 2019.

1. On-demand will be in demand across many user-driven workflows

The rise of streaming services, cloud services, mobile devices and ubiquitous broadband are conditioning employees and customers to expect everything from their entertainment to their office documents to be online and accessible. From an IT perspective, there are a few layers of services that enable on-demand workflows, including storage—more specifically, movement of data to the right storage at the right time (aka tiering); search; tenant and identity management; and content delivery. In 2019, IT professionals  will start to understand that the value of object storage isn’t just scale, it is the merging of many of the services needed to enable on-demand workflows into one solution that includes web-based and API accessible management.

2. Hybrid cloud will come into focus

The cloud is here to stay. The investments the big 3 (Amazon, Microsoft and Google) are making in cloud are astounding. This is leading many enterprises to employ a cloud-first or hybrid-cloud policy in an attempt to simplify IT management, reduce data center costs and benefit from advancements in cloud services. However, not all workflows and datasets moved to the cloud will lead to these results. This year, you will start to see more understanding of what workflows and datasets to run in the cloud and which datasets to keep on prem. You will also see the big 3 push on-prem solutions (like Amazon Outpost).

3. AI, ML, IoT, AR, VR…did I miss anything?

Look at just about any IT 2019 prediction list and you will undoubtedly see one of these acronyms. Behind all of these technologies are gobs of data being generated that need to continue to be accessed and searched. The resulting datasets consist of various file formats and file sizes with differing retention and accessibility requirements. The need here is similar to the end-user driven, on-demand needs discussed in prediction #1, but for automated and machine-based processes. The ability to consolidate distributed datasets under a single namespace and provide API-based, multi-protocol access will be key.

Increasing Velocity and Simplifying Data Movement

Underlying these trends is an increase in velocity. Workflows and processes in general are becoming more efficient and are accessed in a distributed fashion via various devices, and the rate of change is increasing. These emerging trends inspired the Caringo FileFly solution, which gives you complete, automated data lifecycle management of all your unstructured data—from creation to preservation. FileFly simplifies migration of secondary data from traditional NAS to the cloud. And now, you can use it with Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud as well as with Caringo Swarm Hassle-Free, Limitless Object Storage.

Contact us to learn more about how FileFly can help you simplify your data movement, and to find out if you qualify for our free 25 TB FileFly Community Edition.